Nowitzki stars in likely home finale as Mavs top Suns

Mavericks staffers sure acted like Dirk Nowitzki is going to retire

Nowitzki played a record 21 seasons with the same franchise, scoring 30 points in his final home game in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday (NZT).

In an address to fans at Dallas's American Airlines Center, the 40-year-old forward said, "As you guys might expect, this is my last home game".

It's been known pretty much all season that the Dallas Mavericks legend would retire at the conclusion of this campaign, however, he never officially announced it.

Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest worldwide players to ever step on an National Basketball Association hardwood floor, announced Tuesday night he would be retiring at the end of the season.

The final game of Nowitzki's storied career will be tonight against the Spurs.

Nowitzki came to play, scoring 30 points (11-31 FG) in his 32 minutes on the court.

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.

But on this special night, Nowitzki turned back the clock, and so did the crowd as it chanted "M-V-P!" But Nowitzki appears to be on his way to ending an illustrious career in style. You may look at the numbers and (see) I'm only taking six shots a game.

The smooth-shooting 7-footer changed the game when the Mavericks traded for the 20-year-old, taken ninth overall in the 1998 draft. "I left Germany over 20 years ago and became a Texan". It's expected that Nowitzki will pass on joining former teammate Vince Carter, who has said he plans to return for a record 22nd season. "Now every big fella trying to shoot the ball from 3". I can always push myself to work out and work hard.

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