Mavericks' legend Nowitzki announces plans to retire

Mavericks' legend Nowitzki announces plans to retire

After scoring 30 points on 11-of-31 shooting in a 120-109 victory over Phoenix, he flashed a smile while thanking the Suns "for letting me have a few baskets tonight".

A watch party is planned for the final game of the season in San Antonio on Wednesday, with the Mavericks long since eliminated from the playoff contention for a third straight season.

Dirk arrivesNo. 41. 21 seasons. Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but James passed him.

The 14-time All-Star gave the home folks the thrill of passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list last month.

As fate would have it, a similar Jordan mark fell during the contest when Phoenix's Jamal Crawford scored 51 points at age 39, becoming the oldest player to top 50 in a game, but the night was all about the greatest player in Mavs history.

39-year old Jamal Crawford poured in a game-high 51 points on 18-30 shooting, including 7-13 from behind the arc, as he became the oldest player in National Basketball Association history to rack up 50 points in a single game.

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Michael Jordan set the previous record (38 years, 315 days) when he dropped 51 points for the Washington Wizards against the Charlotte Hornets on December 29, 2001.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Crawford also became the first player to post 50-point games for four different franchises.

The Suns closed out a miserable season, finishing 19-63. He also promised to retire Nowitzki's number and put "the biggest, most bad-ass statue ever" outside the arena.

From there, he mostly came off the bench for the first time in his career, and averaged 6.6 points in less than 15 minutes a game before Tuesday.

The sellout crowd that followed Cuban's orders by showing up early chanted "M-V-P" and "One more year" throughout the game.

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