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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"He'll end up with 25,000 before he's done, for sure," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Nowitzki before the game. "That's my belief. This is just part of the history of a great career. It's not what he's about, though. He's about trying to win a title."
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