No shortage of storylines in Spurs-Mavs finale

No shortage of storylines in Spurs-Mavs finale

No shortage of storylines in Spurs-Mavs finale

Dirk Nowitzki made his retirement decision official Tuesday night during a game against the Suns.

Nowitzki announced his official retirement during the post-game honor ceremony the Mavericks put together after his last home game, with Charles Barkley and Larry Bird among others honoring the longtime Mavs great.

With less than a minute left in the game and the Spurs leading by 15 points, Nowitzki held possession at the top of the Spurs' key.

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.

In his final home game, he scored 30 points with eight rebounds and three assists, and followed up in his grand finale in San Antonio by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds.

While the National Basketball Association universe was bidding farewell to a legend in Nowitzki, it was another veteran who was busy setting all-time records.

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The 40-year-old kept his plans secret until the end of his final home game. Before the game, Dirk was overcome with emotion as he balled his eyes out during his introduction. I mean, this is a high bar that you set.

There will be one more chance to see Nowitzki play, and perhaps it's fitting that the game will be against the Mavericks' Lone Star State rival.

Popovich added Nowitzki was a "fierce competitor that never wavered at any time in his career". "Hopefully, I got a good photo op".

Even with the focus up through the last game, White thinks there is more the team needs to work on.

Nowitzki went on to thank owner Mark Cuban and the entire Mavericks staff, not only for this season but for the last 21 years. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12.

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