);
Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki four points away from passing Wilt Chamberlain on NBA's all-time scoring list

dirk-031619-ftr-getty.jpg
Dirk Nowitzki (NBA Getty Images)

Dirk Nowitzki is a step closer to moving past Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

By scoring 14 points in the Dallas Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, the 14-time All-Star is now only three points away from tying Chamberlain in sixth place and four points away from passing him.

That would leave Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to score more points in their careers than Nowitzki.

NBA's all-time leading scorers
Rank Rank Points
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Kobe Bryant 33,643
4 LeBron James 32,306
5 Michael Jordan 32,292
6 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
7 Dirk Nowitzki 31,416

The Mavericks did their best to help Nowitzki move up the standings down the stretch of Saturday's contest. Rick Carlisle subbed the future Hall of Famer back into the game with Dallas leading 118-107 with 3:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, but he missed his final three shot attempts.

Nowitzki finished the game with 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field and 2-for-5 from 3-point range. He scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter alone.

The Mavericks will be back in action on Monday, when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. You'll be able to watch the game on NBA League Pass.

More from NBA.com

raptors-nets-031120-ftr-getty.jpg
How 22-team return impacts Raptors
Scott Rafferty
basketball-rack.jpg
Report: NBA presents plan for restart of season
Tim Reynolds
brook-lopez-050620-ftr-getty.jpg
Lopez should be getting more DPOY love
Scott Rafferty
vince-carter-050120-ftr-getty.jpg
Carter at peace if NBA career is over
Scott Rafferty
LeBron James
Could break in action benefit LeBron & Lakers?
Sidd Sinha
lebron-james-050820-ftr-getty.jpg
Are LeBron's clutch numbers cause for concern?
Scott Rafferty
More News