Nowitzki steals headlines, Warriors keep up top form


Dirk Nowitzki stole the headlines during the Dallas Mavericks' 119-118 overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, as he became the sixth-highest scorer in NBA history.

Nowitzki, 37, scored 22 points to take his career tally to 28,609 points, eclipsing Shaquille O'Neal (28,596) and helping the Mavericks' win-loss to 16-13, while guard JJ Barea scored an impressive 32 and the Nets' Thaddeus Young had 29.

Klay Thompson kept up his superb form for the Golden State Warriors in their 103-85 home win against the Utah Jazz.

Thompson scored 20 points to help the Warriors to a remarkable 27th win in 28 games this season, while Stephen Curry scored 16 points, picking up nine assists and five rebounds in another tidy performance.

The Sacramento Kings played out an entertaining 108-106 win against the Indiana Pacers as DeMarcus Cousins put in a huge performance, scoring 25 points and winning 16 rebounds, with Pacer Monta Ellis top-scoring for his team with 21.

Orlando Magic got the better of the Houston Rockets in a 104-101 triumph, while the Atlanta Hawks edged the Detroit Pistons 107-100 despite a strong performance from Andre Drummond (25 points).

The Los Angeles Lakers' woes continued with a massive 120-85 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while it was not much prettier for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Kawhi Leonard-inspired San Antonio Spurs, who won 108-83.

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 91-84, the Boston Celtics prevailed at the Charlotte Hornets 102-89 and the Washington Wizards got the better of the Memphis Grizzlies 100-91.

The Milwaukee Bucks' cause was championed by Giannis Antetokounmpo's 22-point haul as he led his side to a 113-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans had a 115-89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets triumphed 104-96 over the Phoenix Suns.