Mavericks' legend Nowitzki announces plans to retire

Mavs making note of what could be Nowitzki's final home game

Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but LeBron James passed him.

"This is obviously super, super emotional", Nowitzki said. It's the longest drought of Nowitzki's career.

Dirk Nowitzki ended speculation regarding his future once and for all Tuesday. "Tonight for me, of course, was the big night".

Charles Barkley was in attendance and also paid tribute to Nowitzki, calling him "the nicest man ever".

"I'll promise you that you have a job for life". 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. 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.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has made it official: He'll be retiring at the conclusion of this season. I know what you're going through, saying goodbye to a career you love is never easy, I've been there.

But still, there was a basketball game to be played, and throughout the course of his brilliant, 21-year career in the league, Nowitzki has proven to be a master showman. "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks. I think we've made a big deal about this being his a year ago, and I think he's coming back". 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.

Down 31 points in the third quarter, Crawford led the Suns back into the game, bringing the score to 107-103 with 3:39 left to play in the Suns' season.

The smooth-shooting 7-footer changed the game when the Mavericks traded for the 20-year-old, taken ninth overall in the 1998 draft.

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