Dirk Nowitzki Officially Announces Retirement After Home Win Over Phoenix Suns

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The 40-year-old brought to an end a 21-year career that saw him win the NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011, the NBA Finals MVP the same year and the regular season MVP in 2007.

On a night dedicated to Dirk Nowitzki and his retirement, Jamal Crawford topped Michael Jordan and became the oldest player to drop 50-plus points in a game.

It's time for the most accomplished European player in National Basketball Association history to retire after scoring a season-high 30 points in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki led Dallas with 20 points in the contest and pulled down 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of play before leaving the court for the final time with 47 seconds remaining.

The Mavs close their season Wednesday night in San Antonio and then Nowitzki's legendary career will sadly be over.

Now that their illustrious careers are coming to a final curtain call, both Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki will be remembered by San Antonio Spurs fans as pesky and hard matchups in their own right. Some opposing fans chanted, "We want Dirk", late in games with outcomes decided and Nowitzki on the bench.

Nowitzki wondered why the postgame video included him talking about the players he idolized growing up in Germany. The pre-game [tribute] video got me really emotional before the game.

Dallas played the finale without sensational rookie Luca Doncic, who was ruled out of the game about an hour before tipoff with a bruised left thigh. The German went on to officially announce his retirement after the game, much to the shock of all the fans at the American Airlines Center. Bryant retired three years ago. But this one was different because it was his last.

He also made more than $250 million.

Dirk Nowitzki is calling it a career after 21 seasons. The Chicago native is the Heat's all-time leader in points, assists, steals, minutes, and games played.

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