Lakers’ LeBron James reacts to Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki passing Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list
Shortly after Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki passed Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for the sixth spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James congratulated him on Twitter.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 19, 2019
Prior to the Mavs’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans earlier tonight, Dirk Nowitzki only needed four points to pass Chamberlain. He immediately accomplished the feat during the 8:34 mark of the first quarter, much to the delight of Dallas fans in attendance.
SIXTH ALL-TIME! pic.twitter.com/b1MMpCzgPe
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 19, 2019
Nowitzki now has a career total of 31,424 points.
LeBron James, who also passed Michael Jordan for the fourth spot in the said list a couple of weeks ago, had classic battles with Nowitzki throughout the course of their careers. Their most notable encounter was the 2011 NBA Finals, when Dirk led the Mavericks to an upset victory over LeBron and the Miami Heat.
But when all is said and done, both players will retire with a ton of accomplishments in their careers. They may be opponents on the court, but once the buzzer sounds, they have mutual respect and admiration.
It is not clear if Dirk Nowitzki will retire after this season, but it is highly unlikely for him to pass Michael Jordan for the fifth spot on the all-time scoring list. MJ currently has 32,292 career points.