DALLAS -- With his pretty, 10-foot step-back jumper with 7:40 to go in Monday night's second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki reached 8,000 career field goals.
"That's a lot of jump shots, probably two layups out of 8,000," Nowitzki joked after he scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Dallas' 100-87 win over Oklahoma City. Nowitzki now has 8,006 career field goals.
"That is great," he said, "but more important for us is to win some games. I think week-by-week we are going to get better, but we can't dig ourselves too deep of a hole right now, so wins are more important right now."
Nowitzki reached 8,000 in his 999th career game. When Dallas plays host to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, the 7-footer will become the 98th player in league history to play in 1,000 games. It will mark the 975th start of a career that is now in its 14th season.