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Dirk Nowitzki passes Larry Bird

Updated: December 22, 2010, 7:05 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

ORLANDO -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki passed Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird to move into 25th on the NBA's all-time scoring list Tuesday in the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic.

Nowitzki, so often compared to Bird especially early in his career because of his looks and unstoppable jumper, entered Tuesday's game with 21,781 career points, 10 shy of Bird's total.

He recorded career point No. 21,792 on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, burying ...

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