Doc Rivers Calls Timeout to Get Dirk Nowitzki a Standing Ovation

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) -- With nine seconds to go in the Dallas Mavericks' game Monday night in Los Angeles, Clippers coach Doc Rivers called timeout and 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, which the Clippers won, 121-112.

"I got the game ball," Nowitzki 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 roller-coaster 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.