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During timeout, Doc Rivers grabs the public address mic to salute Dirk Nowitzki

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers shook hands with Dirk Nowitzki during Monday’s game. Harry How/Getty Images

With nine seconds to go in the Clippers’ Monday win over the Mavericks, Clippers coach Doc Rivers grabbed the public address announcer’s mic to salute Dirk Nowitzki, who received a standing ovation. ‘‘I just felt he deserved that,’’ Rivers said.

Nowitzki scored 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting in his 1,500th career game.

‘‘I got the game ball,’’ he said. ‘‘Coming in 20 years ago, my first year struggling like that, I never thought I'm getting to 1,500 NBA games. It’s been a great rollercoaster career with a lot of ups and downs.’’

The 14-time All-Star hasn’t announced that he’s retiring, saying only that he'll wait to make the decision based on how his body feels at season’s end.


When the Mavericks visited Boston in January, the crowd gave Nowitzki a standing ovation when he entered the game.