Wade and Nowitzki deliver memorable farewells in home finales
Tuesday was a historic day for the NBA.
Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki each played their last home games for their respective teams, as both have plans to retire after the season. The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks were both able to secure quality wins for their superstars on such an important night.
Wade scored a game-high 30 points for Miami in its 122-99 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers. After the contest, he gifted jerseys to all of his teammates.
Nowitzki scored 30 points of his own in Dallas. The 40-year-old big man filled it up early, scoring his team's first 10 points in a 120-109 victory over Phoenix Suns. He became the oldest player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in a game.
Dirk surpasses Michael Jordan as the oldest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game 💪 pic.twitter.com/9NtcMlRg8m— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 10, 2019
While neither future Hall of Fame player will be in the post-season, they got the storybook endings they deserved in front of their home crowds.
Crawford goes off on Dallas
Pheonix Sun Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 51 points against the Mavericks.
James Harden recorded 39 points and 10 rebounds in Houston Rockets' 112-111 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Donovan Mitchell posted 46 points in Utah Jazz's 118-108 win over the Denver N.
Six and out for Green
Jeff Green scored six points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Washington Wizards' 116-110 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Wayne Ellington totaled seven points on 1-of-11 shooting in the Detriot Pistons' 100-93 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Caruso almost wins it for the Lakers
Alex Caruso hit a huge shot to put the Lakers up late, but they fell to Portland 104-101.
Paul George hit a game-winner to lift the Thunder over the Rockets.
Orlando Magic (41-40) at Charlotte Hornets (39-42) 8 p.m. ET — Orlando has already punched its ticket to the playoffs. Charlotte, on the other hand, is battling with Detroit for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. Steve Clifford coached the Hornets as recently as last season and now he has the opportunity to eliminate his old team from the post-season.