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National Basketball Association icon Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement after 21-year career with Dallas

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Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

As the 40-year-old has provided Mavericks faithful with a number of memories including the franchise's lone title in 2011, it comes as no surprise that he was honoured accordingly on such a momentous occasion.

The 7-footer, who entered the league in the lockout-shortened 1999 season and revolutionized the power forward position, scored 10 points in the opening seven minutes and had 19 points on a season-high 18 shot attempts in the first half to power Dallas to a 68-38 halftime lead.

Nowitzki, sitting at 31,540 points with one game left, gave the home crowd another thrill last month by passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list.

Dirk Nowitzki gets emotional after announcing that he played his last home game. He's the nicest man ever.

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has announced that he is retiring from the National Basketball Association.

"The fans have shown me a lot of love already on the road, even though I obviously haven't announced that this is going to be it", Nowitzki said in February.

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The NBA's highest-scoring, foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games. I think we should look at that part of it.

"This is my new home", Nowitzki said.

"All the things he did for the NBA", Doncic said.

Nowitzki will likely stick around Dallas after he retires; he's spent his entire career with the Mavericks, and owner Mark Cuban has gone on record saying he can have whatever job he wants after his playing days.

In addition the 51-point point effort, Crawford also chipped in five assists and five rebounds with a steal and a block to boot.

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