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Nowitzki sets historic NBA record

German basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki cemented his place in NBA history Tuesday, setting a league record while helping the Dallas Mavericks to a win over defending NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs.

German basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki reached a career milestone in the Dallas Mavericks' 101-94 win over San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

The 36-year old recorded his 10,000th rebound making him the first and only player in America's professional league to have scored 25,000 points, collected 10,000 rebounds, made 1,000 blocks and scored 1,000 three-pointers.

"I would still say that I'm not a great rebounder, but I can use my size better," said Nowitzki after the game, in his usual humble manner.

Led by Nowitzki, who added to his lead as the top scoring foreign player in NBA history, and guard Monta Ellis (38 points) the Mavericks gained ground on the sixth-placed Spurs in the Western Conference, as teams look to secure playoff spots with less than a month of the season remaining.

apc/jh (dpa, SID)

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