NBA: Nowitzki joins storied list with 40-point performance for Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki (right) racked up a historic 40 points to carry the Dallas Mavericks past the Portland Trail Blazers on March 20, 2016.
Dirk Nowitzki (right) racked up a historic 40 points to carry the Dallas Mavericks past the Portland Trail Blazers on March 20, 2016.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

DALLAS (Reuters) - German Dirk Nowitzki continues to pile up the years and the points.

The NBA's sixth all-time leading scorer racked up a historic 40 points to carry the Dallas Mavericks past the Portland Trail Blazers 132-120 in overtime Sunday afternoon at American Airlines Centre in Dallas.

He became only the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 40 at age 37 or older. The others are Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.