Dirk Nowitzki capped his legendary NBA career with 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night in the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-94 road loss in San Antonio.
Spurs fans showed plenty of love to the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer, and he said it “felt almost like a home game.”
The organization played a 1 ½-minute tribute video in honor of Dirk’s 21 seasons.
Per The AP:
“Everybody, players, fans, coaches and staff got to witness history watching him play his last game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He played a fine game, which was great. It’s not surprising.”
Nowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the finale of his storied 21-season career — all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki announced he was retiring Tuesday night following Dallas’ final home game of the season.
Wednesday’s sell-out crowd cheered wildly each time Nowitzki entered the game or touched the ball and let out a collective groan when he missed a shot. He was serenaded with chants of “MVP!” throughout the game by the crowd filled with patrons wearing his No. 41 jersey.
“It was fantastic again tonight,” Nowitzki said. “Felt almost like a home game, honestly.”