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Dirk Nowitzki closes in on another milestone

February, 2, 2011
2/02/11
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NEW YORK -- Dirk Nowitzki is set to hit yet another career scoring milestone tonight. He needs 13 points to become just the 24th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points.

He'll likely do it at the most hallowed venue in the NBA, Madison Square Garden, where the Mavs face the New York Knicks and seek a sixth consecutive victory. It would rank as their second-longest of the season (12 from Nov. 20 - Dec. 11).

Nowitzki, averaging 23.1 points, passed Larry Bird and then Gary Payton in December to move up to 24th on the league's all-time scoring list. Next up is Clyde Drexler with 22,195 points. Nowitzki could possibly overtake Drexler before All-Star Weekend. He'd likely have already secured 23rd on the all-time list if Nowitzki had not missed nine games with a sprained right knee.

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who the Mavs will visit Friday, ranks 22nd on the all-time scoring list with 22,852 points.

Nowitzki’s point total, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, ranks him fourth in league history among players born outside of the 50 states. The top five: Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946, born in Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (26,668, France), Patrick Ewing(24,815, Jamaica), Nowitzki (21,987, West Germany) and Tim Duncan (21,294, Virgin Islands).

In a boot, Roddy Beaubois begins recovery

August, 18, 2010
8/18/10
4:39
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Five days removed from successful surgery in which he had a pin inserted in his broken left foot, Dallas Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois is recovering in Dallas and getting along in a walking boot.

It's certainly not what he envisioned. Beaubois was supposed to have taken on Team USA last Sunday at Madison Square Garden as the starting point guard of the French national team. The French-speaking native of Guadeloupe was to continue to hone his leadership skills at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey beginning in 10 days. Instead, he'll have to settle for watching on TV.

"I talked to him today," Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He's walking around in a boot and kind of getting used to it. He knows it's going to be a long haul."

The Mavs have stated that Beaubois will miss two to three months. They are not putting a timetable on his step-by-step recovery process in terms of when he'll begin conditioning workouts, then basketball activities, etc.

"We don't want to put a time table out there. It heals when it heals," Nelson said. "I think we've gone through the normal allotment of time for this type of injury. We are going to take the conservative approach."

Beaubois, entering his second season and anticipating a vastly increased role, clearly won't be ready to participate when training camps opens in late September. If he proves to be a quick healer, perhaps he'll be ready for the season-opener on Oct. 27, but there are certainly are no guarantees.

Tyson Chandler hits winner in USA scrimmage

August, 13, 2010
8/13/10
10:18
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The 15 finalists on Team USA were back in action Thursday night in a special showcase at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler played for the Blue Team and grabbed an alley-oop pass from Rajon Rondo to score the game-winning basket in overtime.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski threw a twist into normal game rules by making the overtime period sudden death. The Blue squad won the tip and Rondo set up the offense. Chandler tipped an errant shot back out to Rondo, who then found Chandler with the alley-oop pass. It was Chandler's lone bucket of the game.

"Man, I don't even know if I've ever been in a sudden-death game," Chandler said afterward. "After I tipped it out, I knew it would be a scramble. I knew everybody would run towards the ball because it was sudden death. So as soon as I tipped it out, I knew I would be open for him. We made eye contact and Rondo threw it up for me."

Chandler was 1-of-3 from the field with two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action.

Team USA will play exhibition games against China on Saturday and France on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Then it's off to Spain, Greece and finally Turkey, site of the FIBA World Championships, where Team USA will try to win the gold for the first time since 1994. Chandler is a lock to make the final roster of 12 and will likely be the starting center. Washington's JaVale McGee is the only other center currently on the roster.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9