The Dallas Mavericks star scored his 27,313th career point on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, moving to eighth in the record books and passing Elvin Hayes, per Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:
The pivotal points came on a jumper to give the Mavs a 50-42 lead with 11:42 left in the third quarter.
The 36-year-old German received no shortage of plaudits on social media.
"I told (Bryant) that I was going to catch him," Nowitzki said after the game, per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. "But that's going to be tough."
"It's hard to describe what we're seeing in real time," said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle of his star forward. "He's making it look sort of easy. The amount of work that's gone into him getting to this point in his career is something that none of us will ever really be able to fathom. It's not an accident."
Back on Nov. 11, Nowitzki jumped into ninth at the expense of Hakeem Olajuwon. Fans knew that as long as Nowitzki remained healthy, overtaking Hayes would only be a matter of time.
He won't need much time to get into seventh, either. Moses Malone currently resides there with 27,409 career points. Dirk should get there in a few weeks. After that, Shaquille O'Neal is in sixth with 28,596 points.