On a night when Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West to become the NBA’s No. 16 all-time leading scorer, the Dallas Mavericks hopped on Monta Ellis’ back and let him drag them to a 105-95 triumph over the Washington Wizards.
Tuesday’s victory at American Airlines Center pushed the Mavs’ record to 5-3, including 4-0 at home. It’s the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first six games in Dallas, that the Mavs have won as many as four consecutive home games to start a season.
Nowitzki got in a groove and scored 19 points to raise his career total to 25,197, five more than West. Afterward, he paid tribute to one of the game’s all-time greats.
“Jerry is the man, he’s the logo and that says it all,” said Nowitzki, who converted 8 of 19 shot attempts. “It has been a great ride.
“This is my 16th season and hopefully I can pass a couple more guys and win a couple more games and hopefully help this franchise make the playoffs.”
If Ellis can continue playing the way he did T