Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki say emotional goodbyes

The team honored Nowitkzi, who played his final home game of his 21-year career.

"This is obviously super, super emotional", Nowitzki said.

Nowitzki kept shooting on his busiest night of the season, finishing with highs of 31 shots (making 11) and 33 minutes. And I'll promise you we will put the biggest ... statue ever. Barkley added, "It's been an honor and a privilege to watch you - enjoy the rest of your life". The team stamped that "41.21.1" on fan clappers for those in attendance at the arena, as well as on shirts and commemorative tickets.

The Dallas Mavericks star almost jumped for joy with a huge smile on his face after a rare dunk prompted thunderous applause from a crowd celebrating the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise. I know what you're going through, saying goodbye to a career you love is never easy, I've been there.

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Led by Armoni Brooks with 20 points, the Courgars also got 14 from Corey Davis Jr., and 10 from Galen Robinson Jr. The Tigers won't have much time to adjust, with a showdown against the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday.

And then after Larry Bird joked during a postgame ceremony that he was "15 when Dirk came into the league and now I'm 62", Nowitzki let fly with a realization the 40-year-old said he reached in recent days. However, his play had improved over the past month, with his scoring average increasing from 5.4 before March 8 to 9.1 since then, while his three-point percentage rose from.281 to.359. It's expected that Nowitzki will pass on joining former teammate Vince Carter, who has said he plans to return for a record 22nd season.

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

With his 51-point performance, Crawford became the oldest player (39 years, 20 days) in National Basketball Association history to drop 50 in a single outing, passing Michael Jordan's 45-point total he accomplished in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Jamal Crawford scored 51 points, one off his career high, in the season finale for the Suns (19-63).

  • Lawrence Cooper