SALT LAKE CITY-- During his legendary career, Dirk Nowitzki has probably collected enough trophies and accolades to last a lifetime. But no accolade was sweeter than the one he collected Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz.
With yet another sparking shooting performance, Nowitzki moved pass the great Oscar Robertson and into 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list as the Mavs dumped the Jazz, 95-83, at the Energy Solutions Arena.
Nowitzki needed just 18 points to pass Robertson, and he got that on a 19-foot jumper off a feed from Vince Carter with 11:46 remaining in the game.
"Obviously I knew how many points I needed, but I wasn't really trying to think about it,'' said Nowitzki, who was 9-of-11 from the field. "I was just trying to think about the next shot, hoping to get open, and my teammates did a good job for me.
"The other thing I would say is I think that stuff means more to me when my career is over, but this is a sweet one. Top 10 is definitely unbelievable.''
Nowitzki now has 26,714 career points and is 233 from passing Hakeem Olajuwon, who is ninth on the list with 26,946 points.
-- Dwain Price
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