Dirk Nowitzki passes Hakeem Olajuwon in NBA all-time scorer list

JONATHAN NAJARRO

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Nowitzki passes Hakeem Olajuwon becoming the ninth place all-time NBA scorer. Photo: Wikimedia

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki has passed Hakeem Olajuwon to become ninth place on the National Basketball Association all-time highest scoring list in Tuesday night’s 106-98 win against Sacramento

The 7ft power forward scored 2 points from the jumper just below the three-point line to take his total scored points to 26,947. This is one point ahead of Olajuwon who played in the NBA for eighteen years from 1984 to 2002.

Nowitzki, in his 17th season with the Mavericks said that passing Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon is unbelievable.

“He was unguardable on the block, his footwork, his skill level, his hands, his touch was second to none, so I’m pretty proud,” said Mr Nowitzki.

Nowitzki finished the game with a total of 26,953 career points with an additional 23 points added to his tally from Tuesday’s game against Sacramento.

Nowitzki is now the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the United States and is second behind Kobe Bryant among active all-time highest scorers. Kobe Bryant is ranked fourth in all-time highest scoring list.

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