There was nothing weird about this milestone: Dirk Nowitzki became just the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 28,000 points Wednesday night, as the Dallas Mavericks hung on for a 135-131 road win against the OKC Thunder.
The Mavs overcame Russell Westbrook and the Thunder for their second highest-scoring game of the season.
Seven different Dallas players scored 10 or more points in the victory.
Per the Star-Telegram:
“I think we moved the ball well, we played with a high octane offense, we shot the ball well, we played aggressive,’’ said backup center Amar’e Stoudemire, who scored 18 points against the Thunder. “If we continue to play that way we can score a lot of points.’’
Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 26 points in his return after missing one game with an injured right leg. Ellis, who also had five assists, converted 9-of-14 shots and didn’t appear to favor the injured leg. […] Meanwhile, Chandler Parsons kept slithering to the basket time and time again and wound up tallying 13 of his 22 points in the frantic fourth quarter.
The Mavs were so efficient offensively that they shot 61.5 percent from the field, turned the ball over just six times and outscored the tough-minded Thunder in the paint, 72-46. […] “I don’t remember scoring 72 points in the paint in a long, long time, if ever, since I’ve been here,’’ said Dirk Nowitzki, who tallied 18 points and became the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 28,000 career points. “Guys were attacking on the break, they had some guys closing out and we drove right by back and got in the lane. I thought everybody was attacking, which was great.’’