After the historic hit of Nowitzki, all dams break
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Dirk Nowitzki writes history, only five basketball players were successful. He speaks of a "surreal feeling". The fans celebrate the emotional peak – despite the sporting disappointment.
Dirk Nowitzki has left the big Wilt Chamberlain in the scoreboard of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and took the sixth place. The Dallas Mavericks superstar now stands at 31,424 points, the Chamberlain, who died in 1999, had reached 31,419 in his career.
Nowitzki won the legend after 125: 129 after extra time against the pelicans of New Orleans, which also meant the end of the race for a play-off place.
"It is always incredible to catch one of those legends," Nowitzki said. "In his time, Wilt was the most dominant player the competition has ever seen. No one else has scored 100 points. In a list of such names, they are surreal."
"41 = 6", the header of the Mavericks after the number of Nowitzki on their homepage. The Würzburger needed four points to return to sixth place on the scoreboard. After a little more than four minutes of playing time, he made it with two successful jump throws.
Mavericks miss play-off
After the young star Luka Doncic had unlocked him in an exemplary way, Nowitzki met from the middle distance to the intermediate 12: 8 for the Mavericks. All the dams on the ranks then broke. The spectators celebrated as if Dallas had just won the championship. At the next interruption, the fans applauded their idol stand, congratulating all fellow opponents and opponents. It was the emotional highlight of a night that was disappointing from a sporting point of view for the Texans.
At the end of 2015, the 2011 NBA champion replaced Shaquille O & # 39; Neal as number six, but then had to pass the now fourth-placed LeBron James (32,439). Now he got the double champion Chamberlain, who on March 2, 1962 had written in the jersey of the Philadelphia Warriors with his 100-point history.
Dallas admitted the 42nd defeat to the Pelicans and can reach a maximum of 40 wins. Because the eight best teams in the West have fought for at least 41 wins, the championship round will take place again without the Mavericks.
The top 10 of the NBA scorer
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 points
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) 32,439 *
5. Michael Jordan 32,292
6. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) 31,424 *
7. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
8. Shaquille O & # 39; Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hayes 27,313
* still active