National Basketball Association icon Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement after 21-year career with Dallas

Mavs making note of what could be Nowitzki's final home game

Dirk lands double-double: In his final game, Nowitzki notched the 411th double-double of his career.

"But, as you guys might expect, this is my last home game", Nowitzki said in the post game ceremony.

That made Nowitzki emotional before being introduced.

"It was fantastic again tonight", Nowitzki said.

During the game, Dirk was caught tearing up during a tribute video honoring the man who brought the Mavericks a championship in 2011. "It just took a little bit of the fun away from the sport I love".

Nowitzki, who ranks 6th on the NBA's all-time points scoring list with more than 31,000 points, said he had no plans to leave Dallas after his retirement. Then he saw Charles Barkley on the court.

Before the game, an extraordinary scene unfolded at the arena, as scores of Mavericks employees lined a parking garage to cheer the arrival of Nowitzki.

Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade competed for the final time in their legendary career on Wednesday night (10/04). The German went on to officially announce his retirement after the game, much to the shock of all the fans at the American Airlines Center.

He also had one last opportunity to show off his trademark step-back jumper in the game's final seconds. "I still kind of got to focus on the game".

It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki.

Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member. He admitted that this season was physically hard for him, which made many assume it could be his last campaign in the National Basketball Association.

The San Antonio Spurs are down to the final game of the regular season and still have something - a lot, in fact - to play for when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at the AT&T Center. The Power Forward scored 30 points, as the Mavs beat the Suns 120-109.