By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NBA great Dirk Nowitzki ended his playing career on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. He had 20 points in the contest.
In addition, the Dallas Mavericks legend also had 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal in 32 minutes. He also made two three-point baskets.
Nowitzki scored his final basket in his career in a fadeaway jumper.
Before the game, the Spurs honored their longtime rival before the contest with a video tribute. That made Nowitzki emotional before being introduced.
“I can’t say enough about what the Spurs did for Dirk [Wednesday night],” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.
He goes out as the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer. The Wurzburg, Germany native changed the game for big man being a knock-down shooter.
The 40-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was traded by the Bucks with Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for Robert “Tractor” Traylor.
In his final season of his career, he made 51 appearances, including 20 starts. In his final two games of his career, he had 50 points, as he had a season-high 30 points on Tuesday night in his finale in Dallas, Texas.