Tuesday night was one for the NBA record books.
Dirk Nowitzki put up 23 in a win against Sacramento to move into 9th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, reports ESPN. Passing Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Nowitzki also became the NBA’s all-time leading, foreign-born scorer. Nowitzki, a German native, currently has 26,953 points over a 17-year career.
In slightly funnier news, Kobe Bryant also set record on Tuesday. Bryant missed a fade-away jumper — the 13,418 miss of his career — with minutes left in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies en route to becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in missed field goals.
While he can’t be happy about the record, Bryant was at least able to laugh at himself. “Well, I’m a shooting guard that’s played 19 years… I remember when I was a kid and I watched Michael shoot 49 times in an NBA Finals game. Can you imagine if I did that and lost? Puts things in perspective,” Bryant told ESPN.
Lakers coach Byron Scott also shook off Kobe’s slightly embarrassing milestone. “It’s almost damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The games that he don’t take shots, people ask why didn’t he take more shots. He can’t win either way, which is unbelievable to me for a guy who gives it everything he’s got every single time he’s on the floor.”
Scott failed to comment on whether Bryant’s shot total has been a factor in the Lakers’ less-than-stellar start to the 2014 season. (RELATED: Not Even This Pornstar’s Offer Can Get The Lakers To Win)
Keep your head up, Mamba. As the great Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”