Dirk Nowitzki Announces He's Retiring from NBA After 21 Seasons

Nowitzki retires after scoring 30 as Mavs top Suns 120-109

"With a win, it can be any team out of those three", Spurs forward Davis Bertans said.

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

Dirk Nowitzki finished his National Basketball Association career on the road against the Spurs on Wednesday. This time, however, the tears it stirred were tears of joy.

Nowitzki will retire after the Mavericks' game in San Antonio on Wednesday, while Wade will finish his playing career in Brooklyn on the same night.

The sellout crowd that followed Cuban's orders by showing up early chanted "M-V-P" and "One more year" throughout the game.

Last game of the season, why not go out with a bang? "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks".

What's more, a victory combined with a loss by Oklahoma City on the road against Milwaukee would net San Antonio the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Houston, Denver or Portland as their opening-round opponent. They will face second-seeded Denver in the opening round of the playoffs.

Though he doesn't directly say it because he got choked up, it's understood that Nowitzki was announcing his retirement.

"He was having a lot of fun tonight, I was really happy for him", Popovich said.

The game against the Spurs was Nowitzki's 1,667th. However, perhaps most of all, he became a Texan.

San Antonio rolled to a 30-16 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 14 points from Aldridge. The battles we had... they were always our big brother beating up on us. "I'd like to thank the Spurs for pushing me every year and making me a better player". On the flip side, Nowitzki averaged an impressive stat line of 21.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.8 blocks in meetings with Duncan.

Dirk lands double-double: In his final game, Nowitzki notched the 411th double-double of his career. The Mavericks will miss the postseason for the third straight season.

Utah legends Karl Malone and John Stockton each played 46 games in San Antonio. Denver's Alex English played 39, and Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon played 38.

The game served as the season finale for the Phoenix Suns.

Spurs: Bryn Forbes finished with 10 points in 26 minutes.

That's a tremendous way to pay your respects to a man that your team has been going up against for the past 21 seasons. Instead, he'll have to settle for the scene at the AT&T Center as Nowitzki started to transition into retirement.

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