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Jamal Crawford reveals why he didn’t let 51-point finale be his last game

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Jamal Crawford could have had one of the most scintillating goodbye games in NBA history after he went off for an incandescent 51 points in his last game of the 2019-20 season as a member of the Phoenix Suns. Before signing with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, the last memory of J-Crossover was scorching the Dallas Mavericks while Dirk Nowitzki went off for 30 in his final game.

Signing with the Nets was a no-brainer for Crawford — a basketball junkie at his very core — and he admitted the opportunity to lace them up again at 40 years old was greater than leaving a cool imprint of his final hurrah.

“It wasn’t tempting. It was more, ‘If I don’t get a deal, that was a heck of a way to go out.’ But the opportunity to play again was greater than that last game for me,” Crawford told Marc Stein of The New York Times. “My love for the game trumps how great that game was.”

Crawford hasn’t stepped foot in an NBA arena since April 9, 2019, when he became the oldest player to produce a 50-point game. He is also the only player to muster 50-point games for four different teams, doing so with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, and Suns.

He has a chance to extend that list to five as a member of the Nets, who are in dire need of scoring without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and their main cog this season in Spencer Dinwiddie.