Monday , Mar , 10 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

To Go Down in History, Dirk Nowitzki Needs a Title

Dirk Nowitzki knows many will judge his Mavericks legacy by more than scoring numbers. He plans to evaluate it the same way. ‘I think in 10 or 20 years, I’m going to look back on my career and see what I did,’ Nowitzki said. ‘Hopefully there is a lot more to come, especially a championship. This will mean more to me when my career is over.’ Nowitzki’s 34 points Saturday against New Jersey made him the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, passing Rolando Blackman, cementing his status in Mavericks history.  Whatever he scores the rest of the season will be just as relevant as the 16,644 points that preceded it. The Mavericks remain seventh in the vise-tight Western Conference, going into tonight’s home game with the New York Knicks.Since two games before the All-Star break, Nowitzki has put together a streak that looks similar to his MVP run last season. In his last 11 games, Nowitzki is averaging 30.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 50.2 percent from the field. Click here for more from the Dallas Morning News.