Spurs give Dirk Nowitzki an incredible send off

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To add to the importance of the game it will be the final in the National Basketball Association career of the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, who officially announced his retirement on Tuesday.

And then right after doing so, he told the fans at American Airlines Center in Dallas that they had just watched his last home game. The Mavs shared the video Tuesday night to praise his impact on and off the court. They both scored over 20 points in their games, but the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks were unable to win their games. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, has 31,540 points with one game left.

The 14-time All-Star has one game remaining, Dallas' season finale at San Antonio on Wednesday night. Nowitzki said he gave nearly all he had in the final home game but wanted to put up a few more jumpers against probably the biggest rival of his career. The 60-year-old billionaire has been the team's majority owner since the year 2000, which happened to be Nowitzki's second season in the league.

After the game, as Nowitzki walked to the locker room, CBS 11 Sports reporter Keith Russell shot video and tweeted, "So long ... better yet see ya later to the greatest player in @dallasmavs history".

Through 90 games played against each other, Tim Duncan claimed 53 total victories over Dirk with 35 in the regular season and 18 in the postseason. Nowitzki posted 30 points and 8 rebounds, going down as the oldest player to put up 30 points at the age of 40 years old. I mean, this is a high bar that you set.

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

Popovich added Nowitzki was a "fierce competitor that never wavered at any time in his career". But after he made the announcement, the chant turned to "Thank you, Dirk" as Cuban started to speak.

It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki.

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