The 40-year-old superstar was emotional as he told the crowd, "As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", adding that it's been an "amazing ride".
The Mavericks legend scored his team's first 10 points in Tuesday's matchup against the Suns. In this picture, Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after announcing he played his last home game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, April 9, 2019.
Duncan averaged 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.9 blocks in games played against Nowitzki.
The Mavericks have one game remaining on their schedule against the Spurs in San Antonio.
Nowitzki enjoyed numerous playoff battles with the Spurs in the prime of his career, and it was no surprise to see him receive a warm welcome at San Antonio's AT&T Center.
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Before the game, the Spurs honored their longtime rival before the contest with a video tribute.
"The only guy that was missing was MJ", Nowitzki said, referring to Michael Jordan - the player he passed to become the oldest to score at least 30 in a game.
And as Dirk loaded up for his last shot, you can see Gregg Popovich in the background waving the help defender away, then clapping happily as that handsome rainbow drops through the hoop one more time.
"The person he is everybody knows and I don't know if this franchise is ready for post-Dirk", injured Mavericks guard J.J. Barea said in the locker room before the game. "I still kind of got to focus on the game".
Wednesday afternoon, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama congratulated the 21-year National Basketball Association veteran. After the videos, the Mavericks surprised Dirk with appearances and speeches from some of Dirk's all-time favorite players.