However, it seemed as though the outcome of the ballgame became nothing more than an afterthought for the Dallas faithful, with their attention focused on the official conclusion of Nowitzki's 21-year career with the Mavs.
"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", an emotional Nowitzki told the crowd at Dallas' American Airlines Center. Dallas hosts Phoenix on Tuesday night.
While Nowitzki only shot 8-21 from the floor in his final National Basketball Association game but he still finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mavericks will play their final game of the 2018-19 season against the Spurs on Wednesday night in San Antonio.
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In his final game ever, Dirk Nowitzki left the floor smiling wide.
After the game, as Nowitzki walked to the locker room, CBS 11 Sports reporter Keith Russell shot video and tweeted, "So long ... better yet see ya later to the greatest player in @dallasmavs history".
Telling Nowitzki on the arena floor that he couldn't adequately describe how he felt about "what you've meant for this organization", Cuban said, "I promise you that everything you taught us will continue on". Nowitzki posted 30 points and 8 rebounds, going down as the oldest player to put up 30 points at the age of 40 years old. "Felt nearly like a home game, honestly".
After the game, Cuban sat at an empty locker and nursed an Altstadt beer from nearby Fredricksburg as he recalled the final moments of Nowitzki's playing days.
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Nowitzki has played in 49 games and missed significant time while recovering from an ankle injury, which he had surgery on in 2018.
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