Dirk Nowitzki certainly made the most of what very well could be his final NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Sunday night. The Dallas Mavericks legend took the floor during the finale to All-Star Weekend, and though it wasn’t expected he would get a ton of minutes on Team Giannis, he certainly came through early and often.
Nowitzki entered the game at the end of the first quarter during a stoppage that also got Dwyane Wade into the game. On his first touch of the game, Dirk squared up for a huge three that fell true.
With the crowd still buzzing, he let fire another trey with seconds left in the first quarter, and that one fell, too.
And the commercial break between frames did nothing to slow him down. Nowitzki — the greatest international player in the history of basketball — hit his third straight three early in the second quarter, with this one looking as pretty as the other two.
It was a great debut in the game, especially in front of a Charlotte crowd that warmly greeted the NBA legend. These games are supposed to be fun, and the defense doesn’t matter. People want to see dunks and big moments, and Dirk hoisting up a trio of triples and all of them hitting nothing but net certainly qualified as such.