Watch Emotional Moment Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Announces His Retirement

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. But all season long, Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't confirm it.

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

Ray Spalding poked the ball away from Dirk Nowitzki and had a clear path to the opposite basket. He's the nicest man ever.

Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member. You may look at the numbers and (see) I'm only taking six shots a game. 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.

It wasn't just the Mavericks who acted as if it were Nowitzki's final go-round.

The ninth pick in the 1998 National Basketball Association draft, Nowitzki spent 21 seasons with the Mavericks, leading the team to 15 playoff appearances and its first and only championship win in 2011. I know what you're going through, saying goodbye to a career you love is never easy, I've been there.

The news came on the heels of a season full of speculation over Nowitzki's future plans and a pregame setup that hinted that this might be his last game in Dallas.

Nowitzki, who averaged 6.6 points per game this season, went on to score the first 10 points for the Mavericks as no other Dallas player took a field-goal attempt until Devin Harris' 3-pointer at the 7:25 mark of the first quarter. Bryant retired three years ago.

He put in seven 3-pointers in posting a season-high 51 points - one off his career best - with 26 coming in the fourth quarter, to get the Suns as close as 105-100 with 4:20 to play.

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