And thank you to the San Antonio Spurs for helping to bring out the best in him and having the awareness to make his last night so special for everyone. It's only a matter of time before Nowitzki has his own statue outside the American Airlines center. That appeared to be the kind of thing that might happen for a legendary player's final home game, but at the time his retirement was still a matter of speculation.
Now that their illustrious careers are coming to a final curtain call, both Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki will be remembered by San Antonio Spurs fans as pesky and hard matchups in their own right.
It was appropriate that Nowitzki's final game came against the Spurs, who he has had many memorable battles against.
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And while Wade got some much-deserved attention, with fellow National Basketball Association stars showing up to his final game in Brooklyn, Nowitzki went out in style himself.
After returning from his ankle injury, Nowitzki notched career lows this season in most major categories.
Doncic, the rookie sensation and the heir apparent to Nowitzki, had his eighth triple-double with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle subbed Nowitzki following the shot, leading to an ovation of cheers and chants of "Dirk" and 'MVP'. But with one last road game, the Spurs took the opportunity to send Nowitzki out with a tribute from a rival.
"I'm just so glad he ended this magnificent career with a magnificent level of both performance and dignity. The way the community supported me from day one", he said in an interview after announcing his retirement.