Dirk Nowitzki Passes Moses Malone In Scoring During Overtime Win

| by Daniel Yancelson

The Dallas Mavericks came back from an early 14-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 in overtime. Dirk Nowitzki’s three pointer in overtime moved him up to seventh in the NBA all-time scoring list past Moses Malone.

The Nets got off to a hot start in the first quarter, scoring 35 points. Brook Lopez scored 18 of his 22 points in the first quarter, and he finished the game with 13 rebounds.

The Mavericks then held the Nets to 30 points in the second and third quarter combined and sent the game to overtime with two free-throws form Monta Ellis to tie the game 82-82.

In overtime, Ellis started the scoring with a pair of early jumpers, and then back-to-back threes from Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons gave the Mavs a 96-88 lead. Nowitkzi finished the game with 15 points and 27,412 for his career, moving him past Malone.

"I'm proud of it but more proud that we got the win," Nowitzki said.

Ellis led in scoring with 19 points, while recently acquired, Rajon Rondo had a weird statistical night; he scored two points, making only one shot in 13 attempts, but finished with a double-double anyway. He dished out 14 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Nets were without Deron Williams who is resting a sore left side, and Kevin Garnett who was resting on the second game of a back-to-back. Jarret Jack finished with 20 points and 10 assists, and Joe Johnson had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the loss.

With the win, the Mavs have now won six straight games and are tied with the Grizzlies atop the southwest division. Next, they will host the Pistons—who have won five in a row since trading away Josh Smith—Wednesday night. The Nets play home against the Celtics Wednesday night.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Flickr