Nowitzki stars in likely home finale as Mavs top Suns

Dirk Nowitzki Officially Announces Retirement After Last Mavericks Home Game

It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki.

Struggling to contain his emotions, Nowitzki drew laughter in telling the crowd, "I'm trying my yoga breathing, but it's not really working that well".

In what's been the worst kept secret in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is retiring. And I'll promise you we will put the biggest ... statue ever.

Although Nowitzki's retirement had been largely expected, the 2007 NBA Most Valuable Player had not actually announced that this would be his final season unlike Dwyane Wade.

Re-live Dirk's final home game with the Mavs through the best sights and sounds from the night... You may look at the numbers and (see) I'm only taking six shots a game.

"The fans have shown me a lot of love already on the road, even though I obviously haven't announced that this is going to be it", Nowitzki said in February.

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

With his 51-point performance, Crawford became the oldest player (39 years, 20 days) in National Basketball Association history to drop 50 in a single outing, passing Michael Jordan's 45-point total he accomplished in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

"This is my new home", Nowitzki said.

Nowitzki will likely stick around Dallas after he retires; he's spent his entire career with the Mavericks, and owner Mark Cuban has gone on record saying he can have whatever job he wants after his playing days. "The first thing people say is 'What's this guy like, what's this guy like?' Cause all of these guys are great players".

Down 31 points in the third quarter, Crawford led the Suns back into the game, bringing the score to 107-103 with 3:39 left to play in the Suns' season.

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