11 April, 2019
"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", Nowitzki told an American Airlines Center crowd that forced him to pause his postgame speech to give him an ovation.
Tuesday marked the fourth time in Crawford's 19-year career that he's scored 50-plus points in a game, with each performance coming as a member of a different team.
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.
That shot had a practical goal as well, pushing the Dallas lead back to 12 after the Mavericks let a 30-point halftime cushion dwindle to four in the fourth quarter.
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Dirk went for 30 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes, going 11-for-31 (!) from the field and 5-for-14 from three. He also promised to retire Nowitzki's number and put "the biggest, most bad-ass statue ever" outside the arena.
But on this special night, Nowitzki turned back the clock, and so did the crowd as it chanted "M-V-P!" It's the longest drought of Nowitzki's career. You guys always stuck with me and supported me.
The German power forward played all 21 seasons with the Mavericks.
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 could thus have had some reason to feel like he still has something left, and teammate Kristaps Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks in February but has been out the entire season while recovering from knee surgery, reportedly lobbied for his childhood idol to return nest season so they could play together. "But physically, the foot is just not quite there".