DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki cried near midcourt when the second quarter was about to resume.
The Dallas Mavericks star nearly jumped for joy with a huge smile on his face after a rare dunk prompted thunderous applause from a crowd celebrating the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise.
And then after Larry Bird joked during a postgame ceremony that he was 15 when Dirk came into the league and now Im 62, Nowitzki let fly with a realization the 40-year-old said he reached in recent days.
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