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Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement on emotional night in Mavericks home finale

Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement on emotional night in Mavericks home finale

The 40-year-old showed his emotion during the game, fighting back tears just before action resumed at the start of the second quarter following a tribute video that detailed his holiday visit to a children's hospital. He passed his previous season high of 21 on a 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

Nowitzki added that he was "super, super emotional" as he addressed the crowd, according to USA Today.

Perhaps just as significantly, Nowitzki's playing style, as a seven-footer whose long-range shooting skills forced defenders far away from the basket, presaged the direction in which the league would head. And I'll promise you we will put the biggest ... statue ever.

If Dirk Nowitzki's playing career does indeed come to an end at the conclusion of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, he made sure to go out with a bang. Nowitzki said he gave nearly all he had in the final home game but wanted to put up a few more jumpers against probably the biggest rival of his career. "I think we've made a big deal about this being his past year, and I think he's coming back". You guys always stuck with me and supported me.

After returning from his ankle injury, Nowitzki notched career lows this season in most major categories.

"It will never be the same around here", said Rick Carlisle, who coached Nowitzki for his final 11 seasons. Earlier this season, Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer explored how hard it was for Nowitzki to prepare for games as a 40-year-old.

"All the things he did for the NBA", Doncic said.

As fate would have it, a similar Jordan mark fell during the contest when Phoenix's Jamal Crawford scored 51 points at age 39, becoming the oldest player to top 50 in a game, but the night was all about the greatest player in Mavs history.


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