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The Dallas Mavericks paid tribute to their star Dirk Nowitzki and retired his number 41 in the game that defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-82, in a game that shone Dallas guard Luka Doncic and was below his usual level Stephen Curry .
The Mavericks removed the jersey with the number 41 of the historic German player Nowitzki, who retired in 2019 after 21 seasons playing for Dallas and after breaking most of his team’s records.
Nowitzki won a championship against the Miami Heat and was named MVP in the 2011 Finals, won the MVP of the Season Award in 2007 and was selected 14 times to the All-Star Game in 21 years. The 43-year-old German will have his 41st retired for life in the ranks of Dallas.
Doncic was the leader, Curry couldn’t shine
Doncic was the leading scorer with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, while his teammate, forward Dorian Finney-Smith had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.
For the Warriors, the leading scorer was Andrew Wiggins, who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. Curry had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block, but with 5 of 24 field goal attempts and 1 of 9 3-point attempts.
Curry didn’t hit his first field goal until about two minutes from the end of the second quarter, when the hosts were already 9 points up, 45-36. It was in the first seconds of the third quarter that the Warriors point guard hit his first triple of the game.
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