Crawford finished with 51 points on 18-of-30 shooting in 38 minutes of action during a 120-109 loss to the Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.
As Nowitzki was passed the ball, the legendary coach appeared to gesture for Drew Eubanks, who was covering the German, to back off and allow him the shot.
Nowitzki never shared his retirement plans because he didn't want a farewell tour, but he also said he only began serious deliberations on retirement when his lower body gave him issues late in the season.
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His resume is littered with accomplishments, including a 2007 MVP award, a 2011 National Basketball Association championship and 14 All-Star appearances. You may look at the numbers and (see) I'm only taking six shots a game.
"He played a fine game, that's not surprising as he's such a special gig for so many reasons".
The final game of Nowitzki's storied career will be tonight against the Spurs.
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It got better on the par-four 17th, with Conners curling a 12-foot birdie putt to take him three clear heading to the 18th. He had 10 birdies and four pars that sandwiched four consecutive bogeys on the front nine.
Nowitzki will likely stick around Dallas after he retires; he's spent his entire career with the Mavericks, and owner Mark Cuban has gone on record saying he can have whatever job he wants after his playing days. Some wishfully changed "one more year".
"I promise you that everything you taught us will live on", Cuban said.
We've thought it all year, but it's now it's official.
It concluded a full day, and season, of celebration for Nowitzki. "But physically, the foot is just not quite there". "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks".
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According to ESPN, Crawford also became the first player to score 50 points for four different franchises (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and now Phoenix).