On a jumper with 6:44 remaining in the second quarter Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki scored his 10th and 11th points of the game — and, more importantly, the 25,000th and 25,001th points of his illustrious Mavericks career.

Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point milestone. He’s only the ninth to reach that barrier in addition to having 9,000-or-more career rebounds. The other players on that list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett.

“His legacy’s intact, regardless of what happens,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said before todays’ Mavericks-Hornets game here in New Orleans. “Really, regardless of any other scoring milestone. He’s one of those 13 guys who have been a 10-time All-Star, Finals MVP, League MVP.”

When told Nowitzki would become only the 17th player to reach 25,000, Carlisle said, “That’s pretty strong.”