Dirk Nowitzki's final National Basketball Association points came via signature shot

Dirk Nowitzki's final National Basketball Association points came via signature shot

Dirk Nowitzki's final National Basketball Association points came via signature shot

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki announced on Tuesday (April 9) evening that he is retiring from the National Basketball Association after 21 years in the league.

The final game of Nowitzki's storied career will be tonight against the Spurs. Although their connection was exclusively built on the basketball court, Wade and head coach Gregg Popovich have a high level of respect and care for each other as competitors and basketball historians.

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The NBA's highest-scoring foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games.

As Nowitzki was passed the ball, the legendary coach appeared to gesture for Drew Eubanks, who was covering the German, to back off and allow him the shot.

Dirk needed no second invitation, firing a trademark fadeaway jumper that rattled home.

Keep up to date with all of the latest:tag: news! But this one was different because it was his last. He received a standing ovation from the Spurs fans.

Nowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, although the team ended up losing the game 105-94.

Nowitzki made his emotional announcement following a game that was filled with video tributes and special-guest appearances. I had a blast.

San Antonio rolled to a 30-16 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 14 points from Aldridge. "This team was always sort of the big brother". I have the utmost respect for "Pop". "I think a lot of people will understand the history and his impact on the game", White said. "I'd like to thank the Spurs for pushing me every year and making me a better player".

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