Last night, two of the greatest players to step on the hardwood in the NBA played their final game. Both Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are ready to enjoy retirement.
Wade didn't win his final contest, but he did give fans at the Barclays Center a show. The three-time champion had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Nets.
Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James were all in attendance to support Wade. It was an outstanding send-off for the legendary guard.
Not only were Wade's closest friends watching the last game of his career, but clearly former opponents were tuning in as well.
Kobe Bryant went on Twitter to post his farewell message for Wade. They battled multiple times over the past decade, which even included the "Black Mamba" suffering a broken nose.
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Once all the buzz around Wade's final game started to fade, the sports world shifted toward Nowitzki.
The 14-time All-Star finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Spurs. The best part about Nowitzki is that he somehow spent over two decades with the same organization, the Dallas Mavericks.
Bryant also had kind words for Nowitzki, revealing that he loved and hated facing the sharpshooting forward throughout his career.
The Lakers and Mavericks met on so many occasions in the Western Conference, which provided fans with countless showdowns between Bryant and Nowitzki.
Congratulations to both superstars on legendary careers in the NBA. They truly left the game better than they found it.