Dirk is first European to reach 20,000

Updated: January 14, 2010, 10:28 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki became the 34th player in NBA history -- and the first European -- to hit the 20,000-point milestone.

The Dallas Mavericks' perennial All-Star power forward passed the milestone at the 10:57 mark of the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, the 876th game of Nowitzki's career. He hit a 14-foot baseline jumper off a pass from Jason Terry, giving him 17 points for the game and 20,001 in his career.

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