Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points during Dallas Mavericks' win over the Phoenix Suns, before taking centre court to give his fans an emotional goodbye.

Although Phoenix couldn't take home the victory, falling 120-109 to Dallas, Crawford did just about everything to keep his team in the game.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki set a record by playing 21 seasons with the same franchise.

While many suspected 2018-19 might be Nowitzki's last season, spectators were stunned by his announcement.

He will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game and one of the most entertaining players to ever watch. He made 11, was 5 of 14 from 3-point range, grabbed eight rebounds and matched a season high with three assists.

In what's been the worst kept secret in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is retiring.

The final bucket at home of his likely Hall of Fame career was his signature one-legged fadeaway from just above the free throw line - yes, there was a tribute video for that too, starring Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

The sellout crowd that followed Cuban's orders by showing up early chanted "M-V-P" and "One more year" throughout the game. But Nowitzki appears to be on his way to ending an illustrious career in style.

The news came on the heels of a season full of speculation over Nowitzki's future plans and a pregame setup that hinted that this might be his last game in Dallas. "I promise you a job for life". "Now every big fella trying to shoot the ball from 3".

The Suns finished tied for the second-worst record in the league this season at 19-63, but that won't to deter Crawford from returning for a 20th National Basketball Association season.

"It's been a long time coming, struggling this year with my foot", Nowitzki said.

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