Nowitzki passes Shaq, now 6th on NBA's career scoring list

NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki has moved ahead of Shaquille O'Neal into sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Nowitzki made a jumper with 9:51 left in the second quarter of Dallas' game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to pass O'Neal. Nowitzki finished with 22 points, making the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds left in overtime in Dallas' 119-118 victory, to push his total to 28,609.

O'Neal had 28,596 in his career and is a candidate for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Wilt Chamberlain is fifth with 31,419 points.

Nowitzki is eighth on the combined NBA-ABA list, behind No. 6 Julius Erving and No. 7 Moses Malone.

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