8,000 club: Dirk joins more elite company

DALLAS -- With his pretty, 10-foot step-back jumper with 7:40 to go in Monday night's second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki reached 8,000 career field goals.

He is one of only four active players to hit the mark, joining Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. Nowitzki also becomes just the 31st player in NBA history to reach the mark.

"That's a lot of jump shots, probably two layups out of 8,000," Nowitzki joked after he scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Dallas' 100-87 win over Oklahoma City. Nowitzki now has 8,006 career field goals.

"That is great," he said, "but more important for us is to win some games. I think week-by-week we are going to get better, but we can't dig ourselves too deep of a hole right now, so wins are more important right now."

Nowitzki reached 8,000 in his 999th career game. When Dallas plays host to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, the 7-footer will become the 98th player in league history to play in 1,000 games. It will mark the 975th start of a career that is now in its 14th season.