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Dallas Mavericks veteran big man Dirk Nowitzki reached 30,000 career points after scoring 25 points in the Mavericks’ 122-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Despite averaging 13.6 ppg this season, his lowest average since his rookie season in 1998-99 (8.2 ppg), the 19th-year veteran caught fire with 18 first-quarter points en route to his 20th point in the second quarter to join an elite club that only has five other members: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Nowitzki has spent his entire career with Dallas, totaling 1,377 appearances and 1,346 career starts (including Tuesday night’s contest), both of which are franchise records. His accolades certainly show a Hall of Fame-worthy career, including an regular-season Most Valuable Player award in 2007, 13 All-Star nominations, 12 All-NBA teams, an NBA Finals MVP and an NBA Championship.

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