End of an era: Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki retire

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Over the past week, one of the NBA's biggest storylines and passionate debates has revolved around former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who played the final game of his 16-year career on Tuesday.

Dwyane Wade was hurting, sitting on the training table trying to get enough treatment to get him on the floor one last time.

Wade scored the first basket of the game on a dunk, Philadelphia scored the next eight - and it was all Miami the rest of the way.

Wade didn't win his final contest, but he did give fans at the Barclays Center a show. Despite falling to the Nets, Wade posted the fifth triple-double of his career. Budweiser released a video tribute for Wade's last home game, highlighting the great things he's done off the court. Nowitzki entered the league as a rookie for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1998-1999 season and leaves Vince Carter as the only other 40-year-old player in the league.

Two Hall of Fame careers came to an end last night in the National Basketball Association, as Dwyane Wade posted a triple-double in his final game with the Miami Heat, while Dallas Mavericks-lifer Dirk Nowitzki double-doubled in San Antonio.

"I mean, it's fun".

"I know what you're going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy".

"I will say the most founding part was when we lost (to Dallas in 2011)".

This season of the National Basketball Association has been a farewell tour for Dirk Nowitzki and Dwayne Wade.

Heat: Haslem finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Of course they would be there, James said during the game.

Wade has done a jersey exchange with a member of an opposing team all season long, and on Wednesday night it was Anthony's turn. Don't get me wrong, Pierce will always be a Boston sports legend as he has easily been the best player to join up with the Celtics since Larry Bird called it quits all those years ago.

Brooklyn (41-40) will face either third-seeded Philadelphia or second-seeded Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

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