Dirk Nowitzki passes John Stockton for third on all-time games played list

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Dirk Nowitzki has been at this a long, long time. Twenty NBA seasons.

When Nowitzki entered the game in Orlando with 2:09 in the first quarter Friday night, it was his 1,505 NBA game, moving him past Hall of Famer John Stockton on the all-time games played list.

As has happened across the league, when Nowitzki entered the game, he got a warm welcome from the Orlando crowd.

If, as expected, Nowitzki retires after this season (although he seems to be considering the decision still) Nowitzki will remain third on that list. If he played another season he would likely pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 1,560. However, Robert Parish in the top spot at 1,611 would take a couple of seasons.