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Dirk Nowitzki cries during his last NBA game

The facts are sobering. For the fifth time in a row, the Dallas Mavericks lost, after the 112: 121 against the Los Angeles Clippers qualifying for the play-off in the distance. And Nowitzki also experienced a mixed night with twelve points and five assists. But 9.4 seconds before the fina all the figures became waste paper.

The Clippers coach asked for a timeout. Instead of tactically adjusting his players for the remainder of the time, the 57-year-old grabbed the hall microphone at the Staples Center. He pointed to the German and said, "Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest of all time."

There had never been anything like it. It was a goosebumps atmosphere, the result was a minor matter.

The visibly stirred 40-year-old had tears in his eyes. All spectators rose from the stands and celebrated Nowitzki. Gradually, all opponents congratulated him. He was struck with amazement not to stretch his thumbs up appreciatively.

It was his final stint at the Clippers, assuming a career end after this season. In addition, he completed his 1500th match on Monday in the NBA, which only three other professionals succeeded before him. "I did not know what was going on. At the beginning, I thought: why is he taking a break now? "Nowitzki said after the match:" I did not understand much. But that really touched me. It was very emotional. "
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