Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Mavs

Mavericks staffers sure acted like Dirk Nowitzki is going to retire

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.

The Mavericks legend scored his team's first 10 points in Tuesday's matchup against the Suns.

Nowitzki, 40, walked out into the court to speak to the home fans after the Mavericks' 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

The 14-time All-Star and sixth-leading scorer in National Basketball Association history (31,540 points) finished the game with eight rebounds, three assists and a block in a season-high 33 minutes.

The Mavericks finished their season on the road Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nowitzki, sitting at 31,540 points with one game left, gave the home crowd another thrill last month by passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list.

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"Everybody, players, fans, coaches and staff got to witness history watching him play his last game", San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member.

Around the same time that the Spurs showed their knack for scouting and introducing worldwide players to the NBA, Nowitzki forged a path for European basketball players to achieve their hoop dreams and compete at the highest level.

"You feel the emotion", Cuban said. All of the game's biggest stars say that dimension changed the game, and many of them emulated his signature one-legged fadeaway jumper - the shot he used on his final bucket at home late in the fourth quarter. Dirk announced following the game that he was going to call it quits.

Nowitzki has played 38 games in San Antonio, tied for the third-highest total of any player. Bryant retired from the Lakers three years ago.

That bucket was a flawless note to close on as Nowitzki checked out one last time to a standing ovation from an appreciative San Antonio crowd. "It just doesn't make any sense any more physically".

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