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The man who got a farewell tour without even announcing his retirement, officially made the decision Tuesday night. Dallas Mavericks international NBA legend, Dirk Nowitzki, announced he’s retiring after a 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns, in what was his final home game.
"This was my last home game."
Dirk Nowitzki teared up officially announcing his retirement 👏 pic.twitter.com/olv6dhjqiR
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2019
Dirk didn’t disappoint, dropping 30 points in 33 minutes along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Nowitzki goes out as the sixth leading scorer in NBA history. With a 21-8-2 career average, Dirk had 14 All-Star appearances, was 12x All-NBA, and won the NBA MVP award in the 2007-2007 season. In his 21 years with the Mavericks, he also won one NBA Championship, but it was worth so much more. In a finals series that saw them the underdogs, Dirk and the Mavs put on a show and beat the Miami Heat 4 games to 2.
Dirk Nowitzki is calling it a career.
What an iconic 21 seasons it was 🙌 pic.twitter.com/hctDnQzTCX
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 10, 2019
Nowitzki will play one last game Wednesday night in San Antonio and call it a career.
One of the least hateable players to ever play in the NBA, Dirk was beloved by fans from all over the world and his presence in the NBA will be missed.
Thank you, for one of the greatest talents we’ve ever been blessed to watch, and congratulations to Dirk Nowitzki on a great career.