Not only will Wednesday be the final game of the regular season, it will also be the final game of Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki's career. Earlier this season, Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer explored how hard it was for Nowitzki to prepare for games as a 40-year-old.
Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford went off for 51 points in the season finale for the Phoenix Suns, on a remarkable 18-of-30 shooting, adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists. "One more time in front of these awesome fans that have supported me and pushed me over two decades".
Nowitzki became emotional during a standing ovation by the AT&T Center crowd.
"I think he has one more year in him", Aldridge said, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News.
"I've put you guys on a helluva ride with a lot of ups and downs and you guys always stuck with me and supported me, and I appreciate it".
Nowitzki was visibly emotional on the court as well.
The Dallas Mavericks star almost jumped for joy with a huge smile on his face after a rare dunk prompted thunderous applause from a crowd celebrating the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise.
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Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member.
The 40-year-old kept his plans secret until the end of his final home game. Nowitzki fought back tears near midcourt with the game about to restart after a tribute video detailing one of his holiday visits to a children's hospital.
We've thought it all year, but it's now it's official.
He broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the Lakers. "But physically, the foot is just not quite there".
He finished with eight rebounds, three assists and a block in a season-high 32 minutes. Former Orlando Magic sharpshooter Nick Anderson is the only other bench player to reach the 50-point mark.
It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki. "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks".