1500 games! Also the Clippers celebrate Nowitzki
Once again Dirk Nowitzki has reached a milestone in his career. At 112:121 of the Dallas Mavericks at the Los Angeles Clippers, the 40-year-old from Würzburg played his 1500th game in the NBA. Even the opponent’s coach reached for the indoor mike shortly before the end.
Few seconds were left to play, the game decided in favor of the clippers. Then Doc Rivers grabbed the microphone, took a time-out and let Nowitzki live up. “Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest of all time,” said the head coach of the Californians. The fans rose from their seats in the Staples Center and applauded the 14-time Allstar, the opponents also clapped their hands. Nowitzki visibly raised his thumb.
It was his 1500th game in the league (Regular Season), Nowitzki is currently ranked fourth and just behind the legendary Point Guard John Stockton (3rd with 1504 games). The ranking is led by the legendary Robert “The Chief” Parish (1611), followed by NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1560).
“I got the ball,” said Nowitzki after the game. “When I entered the league 20 years ago and had big problems at the beginning, I never thought I would make 1500 games. What a great roller coaster ride this has been so far – with many ups and downs,” summed up the forward, who wants to decide after the end of the season whether he will add another 22nd season in the NBA.
Fifth consecutive defeat
Although the Mavs were again able to rely on top rookie Luka Doncic (triple-double with 28/10/10) that evening and play the game open for a long time, the fifth consecutive defeat put another damper on the 2011 champions, with Dallas in 13th place in the West and 26 wins and 34 defeats now well behind the eighth (San Antonio Spurs, 33:29).
Nowitzki scored twelve points and five rebounds in a full 26 minutes, fellow countryman Maximilian Kleber from the bench ten points and one rebound. The match winners of the opponents also came from the bench and were Montrezl Harrell (32/5/5) and Lou Williams (21/3/10).
At the Los Angeles Clippers Dirk Nowitzki played his 1500th game in the NBA. Reason enough for Clippers coach Doc Rivers to take a break shortly before the end of the game and let Nowitzki live up to his reputation. “Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest of all time”, said Rivers about the hall mike, whereupon the fans in the Staples Center rose from their seats and applauded loudly.
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New damper for the Lakers
The Lakers also have to stretch out a lot if they want to move into the play-offs. Especially as the team around LeBron James (29:31) is hardly better after the 105:110 at the Memphis Grizzlies. The “King” managed a triple-double (24/12/11), which will hardly comfort him. Moritz Wagner was not used.
Harden’s series tears – Bucks can do it without the “Greek Freak
Meanwhile, the super series by James Harden came to an end. At 119:111 of his Houston Rockets against the Atlanta Hawks “The Beard” was weakened by a neck injury after 32 games with 30 or more points. He scored 28 points and did not score any of his ten triple attempts.
The team with the best balance in the league also won without his top man. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls 117:106 and had to do without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was suffering from a knee injury. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon led the Bucks to success with 22 points each. It was the 17th victory in the past 19 games for Milwaukee (46:14).
NBA, Monday, February 25th
Charlotte Hornets – Golden State Warriors 110:121
Cleveland Cavaliers – Portland Trail Blazers 110:123
Detroit Pistons – Indiana Pacers 113:109
Brooklyn Nets – San Antonio Spurs 101:85
Miami Heat – Phoenix Suns 121:124
Chicago Bulls – Milwaukee Bucks 106:117
Houston Rockets – Atlanta Hawks 119:111
Memphis Grizzlies – Los Angeles Lakers 110:105
Minnesota Timberwolves – Sacramento Kings 112:105
New Orleans Pelicans – Philadelphia 76ers 110:111
Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks 121:112