Nowitzki says goodbye at home, set to visit Spurs in finale

Elena Summers
April 14, 2019

"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", an emotional Nowitzki told the crowd at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade competed for the final time in their legendary career on Wednesday night (10/04). Nowitzki posted 30 points and 8 rebounds, going down as the oldest player to put up 30 points at the age of 40 years old. Nowitzki made the free throw to forge a tie and the Mavs went on to win in overtime on the way to the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance.

The seven-foot star, a 14-time All-Star and the sixth-highest scorer in National Basketball Association history with 31,540 points, thanked fans for their support during his 21 years at the club.

Nowitzki, a future Hall of Famer, will play the final game of his career on Wednesday when they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.

The only 7-footer to win the All-Star 3-point shooting contest was the first player of his size to be a legitimate threat behind the arc. He was later paid back for his victory when Dirk's 2011 Mavericks spoiled the inaugural season of Miami's Big Three when he claimed his sole title.

"There's no words that I could possibly say to describe how I feel what you meant to this organization, but I can make you all kinds of promises", Cuban said.

The organization played a 1 ½-minute tribute video in honor of Dirk's 21 seasons.

"I was so happy for Dirk", Carlisle said.

And as Dirk loaded up for his last shot, you can see Gregg Popovich in the background waving the help defender away, then clapping happily as that lovely rainbow drops through the hoop one more time. "Hopefully, I got a good photo op".

Both players are legends of the game and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who recently retired, had a message for them on his Twitter account.

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