Nowitzki makes NBA history

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.


Nowitzki passed the landmark as the Dallas Mavericks stormed from 24 down in the opening half to beat the Sacramento Kings at home for the 21st time, 106-98, on Tuesday.

Nowitzki, who now has 26,953 career points, nailed a jumper over Carl Landry with just under nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, pushing the former league MVP past the Nigerian-born Olajuwon (26,947), regarded as the best international player to ever play the game.

It also made Nowitzki the top-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history, as the fans at the American Airlines Center saluted their hometown hero with a standing ovation.

Chandler Parsons had 19 points and Monta Ellis dropped in all of his 16 in the second half to spark the comeback for Dallas (5-3), which hasn’t lost at home to the Kings since February 27, 2003.

Elsewhere Frenchman Tony Parker scored 28 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19, and the defending NBA champion Spurs handed the Warriors a 113-100 defeat, their second straight loss.

Klay Thompson led hosting Golden State with 29 points, Harrison Barnes had 22 and Stephen Curry finished with 16.

Aron Baynes had four points, two rebounds and two assists for the Spurs while fellow Australian Andrew Bogut had four points, five rebounds and five assists for the Warriors.

Damian Lillard dropped in 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 25 with 14 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers roared back from 23 down in the opening half to sting the visiting Hornets 102-100.

Mike Conley led six teammates in double figures with 23 points, Slovenia’s guard Beno Udrih added 16 off the bench, and the Grizzlies held off the Lakers 107-102 for their 17th consecutive regular-season home-court win since last February.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers (1-6) with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-26 shooting to break Boston Celtics’ Hall of Famer John Havlicek’s record for the most missed field goals in an NBA career with 13,421.

Also, the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the visiting Orlando Magic 104-100 and the hosting Milwaukee Bucks dropped the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 85-78.