Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement After 21 Seasons In NBA

Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

Tuesday's home finale against the Phoenix Suns is going to be an emotional night for the 20,000 fans in attendance as they pay tribute to No. 41 one final time.

He secured his season high in points with a straightaway 3-pointer, his fifth of the game, early in the third quarter for 22 points.

Nowitzki will likely stick around Dallas after he retires; he's spent his entire career with the Mavericks, and owner Mark Cuban has gone on record saying he can have whatever job he wants after his playing days.

That was followed by a rare slam dunk that elicited howls from the crowd and a big smile across Nowitzki's face. He re-entered the game with three minutes left and hit two more buckets to go 11 of 31 from the floor.

The next closest Suns scorer was Josh Jackson, who finished with 17 points.

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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. Jordan scored 51 points in a December game against the Charlotte Hornets as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Not only did Crawford become the oldest player to put up 50-plus, but he also became the first player to post 50-point games for four different franchises, per ESPN Stats & Information.

Not bad for a vet who came off the bench Tuesday night. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2011.

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