‘It Was Fantastic’: Dirk Nowitzki Scores 20 in Career Finale

by April 11, 2019

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.”

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