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Video: Mavs icon Dirk Nowitzki jokes Jamal Crawford’s 51-point night stole some thunder away from him

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Dirk Nowitzki officially announced his retirement from basketball following the Dallas Mavericks’ final home affair of the season Tuesday night. The 14-time All-Star thanked Dallas for standing by him over his 21-year-career in his send-off at the Mavs’ American Airlines Center.

Nowitzki, 40, has turned in one of the most remarkable NBA tenures the game has ever seen. He is sixth on the all-time scoring list, accompanied by a league MVP and championship.

In what was a storybook conclusion, to say the least, Dirk posted 30 points, eight rebounds, and a block in his final home game — but admitted Jamal Crawford “stole the show” with his 51-point performance on 18-of-30 shooting off the bench for the Suns.

Crawford stands alongside Dirk and Vince Carter (42) as the oldest active players in 2018-19.

In perhaps his final game as well, the 39-year-old shooting guard became the oldest player in NBA history to record a 50-point game, as well as the first player in league history to have a 50-point game with four different franchises.

Crawford, a league journeyman, has brandished his scoring ability and superior ball handling for the entirety of his career — and he did, in fact, steal the show Tuesday night.

That being said, Dirk Nowitzki will step away from his remarkable career a legend — averaging 20.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in 1,520 games played with the Mavs.