Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki has passed Karl Malone for fourth place on the career list of games played at 1,477. He has a chance to catch John Stockton (1,504) for third.

Nowitzki, 40, is in his 21st season with one team, an NBA record. The 13-time All-Star missed the first 26 games with a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery in April. He became the sixth NBA player with 900 career wins, after the Mavericks lost his first five games.

On Wednesday night, Nowitzki scored a season-high seven points while playing in the second half in a 122-119 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bulls sign guard

The Chicago Bulls signed guard Brandon Sampson to a two-way contract and waived guard Tyler Ulis.

Sampson averaged 7.9 points in three seasons at LSU and went undrafted this year. He figures to split time between Chicago and the G League's Windy City Bulls.

Ulis had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip last week. He appeared in one game for Chicago.

The Bulls announced the moves on Thursday.

Magic player fined

Orlando Magic player Terrence Ross was fined $25,000 for throwing a ball into the stands following a game.

NBA Executive Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the action Thursday, a day after the Magic forward/guard tossed the ball into the crowd at Amway Center following a 122-120 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.

It was Orlando's fourth consecutive defeat.

No. 1 from USC

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan became the NBA's leading scorer among players out of USC, moving past Gus Williams for the top spot. DeRozan has 14,112 career points in 10 seasons and Williams had 14,093 in 11 seasons with Golden State, Seattle, Washington and Atlanta. The others in the top five are Paul Westphal (12,809), Bill Sharman (12,653) and Cliff Robinson (10,823).

"Really? Hell, yeah," DeRozan said. "Aw man, I'm in there. Cool. I didn't know that. Damn, OK. See if somebody beats that record."