"We don't know who we are going to play, what seed, doesn't even matter, I guess".
"Everybody got to witness history, and watch him play his last game", he said.
It would have been hard to know that, though, from the festivities leading into the contest, which the Mavs billed as a "41.21.1" event, referring to Nowitzki's jersey number, as well as time spent in the National Basketball Association.
More so than anything, these two notable figures have shown that you can build something incredible with the city that drafted you while lighting up the lives of everyone that enters your path.
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Despite the many celebrations, there was still a game to be had, and it was an emotional one.
The sellout crowd that followed Cuban's orders by showing up early chanted "M-V-P" and "One more year" throughout the game.
"Wow. I'm a little overwhelmed, as you would think".
The 40-year-old Nowitzki set a record by playing 21 seasons with the same franchise. Nowitzki said he gave nearly all he had in the final home game but wanted to put up a few more jumpers against probably the biggest rival of his career. I promise you that we'll retire your number. He was 5 of 14 from 3-point range with eight rebounds. "But physically, the foot is just not quite there".
Duncan averaged 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.9 blocks in games played against Nowitzki. "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks".
It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki.