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

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DALLAS, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 22: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks in action against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center on February 22, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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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.