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The pursuit of Wilt Chamberlain inches closer for Dirk Nowitzki

The pursuit of Wilt Chamberlain inches closer for Dirk Nowitzki
Published On: Sat, Mar 09
Apr 23, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Two nights after LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Dirk Nowitzki made his most pronounced move of the season in his chase of Wilt Chamberlain for No. 6 on the all-time list.

Granted, Nowitzki's 15-point output in Friday night's 111-106 loss to Orlando at Amway Center won't be included in the pantheon of great Nowitzki performances, but the way this season has gone, it qualified as a breakthrough.

While tying his season high for points, Nowitzki shot six of 11 from the field and pulled down five rebounds in 19 minutes.

Oh, and he now needs only 41 points, matching his jersey number, to surpass Chamberlain's career total of 31,419.

"It's kind of been a long time coming," he said. "It's been a tough year for me, haven't really gotten going. What was it at the beginning of the season? Two-hundred-something points [behind Chamberlain]?

"That used to be, I don't know, two weeks. Now it's basically a whole season."

Nowitzki chuckled, sarcastically, after uttering that last sentence. For a player who has averaged more than 20.9 points per game during what certainly is a Hall of Fame career, his current season scoring total of 192 does in fact seem preposterous.

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