With Dirk Nowitzki joining the NBA's elite 30,000-point club on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), ABS-CBN News looks back at the 5 other times in which that lofty mark was reached.
- Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
Date: December 5, 2012; Age: 34 years, 104 days
The Black Mamba joined the club when he made a jumper with 1:16 left before halftime in New Orleans.
According to a Los Angeles Daily News report: "When the Hornets' public announcer brought up Bryant's record before the second half began, the fans at New Orleans Arena gave Bryant a loud round of applause. Bryant then held up his right hand to express appreciation.
- Michael Jordan, Washington Wizards
Date: January 4, 2001; Age: 38 years, 321 days
His Airness would've easily breached 30,000 points playing for Chicago had he not retired twice. As fate would have it, he added this particular accomplishment against his former team.
It would've been awesome if he had converted a difficult, high-arching reverse layup — his patented move — but his shot spun all the way to the top of the backboard. Thanks to a foul called on the same play, Jordan went to the line for a couple of free throws at the 5:28 mark of the 2nd quarter to seal the deal.
- Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
Date: January 29, 2000; Age: 36 years, 189 days
The Mailman delivered the goods off a layup on a 2-on-1 fast break with 8:53 left in the 3rd quarter at Minnesota.
Kevin Garnett, then just starting to peak, told The Associated Press he would save his the stat sheet because of its significance.
Malone played down the accomplishment at the time, saying "It's not all about the individual. It's a team game. I'll take a win any day. After I finish playing, then I'll kick back and think about it."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
Date: November 19, 1983; Age: 36 years, 217 days
Like Chamberlain 11 years prior, Captain Hook also reached the milestone in an unspectacular way, shooting 2 free throws at the 5:07 mark of the 3rd quarter at Portland.
Based on this story on The Oregonian, Abdul-Jabbar was hot in the 1st (scoring 11 points) but limited in the 2nd and 3rd quarters before he knocked down the foul shots to get to 30K.
- Wilt Chamberlain, LA Lakers
Date: February 16, 1972; Age: 35 years, 179 days
The Stilt became the first player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau, scoring off the most glamorous way possible — a goal tend off a tip-in with 2:09 left in the 3rd quarter at Phoenix. "Is that some way to get to 30,000 points?" Lakers announcer Chick Hearn described the occasion.
According to an ESPN Classic report, the game was stopped and officials handed Chamberlain the game ball.
— Ages courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information
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