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Lakers surprised Dirk Nowitzki with a special video tribute during Sunday’s Mavs-Lakers game

LOS ANGELES – Dirk Nowitzki thought he was just coming to see the Dallas Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday as a gift to a couple who won one of special auction packages that he offered at his celebrity tennis tournament back in September.

But the next thing Nowitzki knew, the Lakers surprised him by putting a two-minute video tribute in his honor on the STAPLES Center jumbotron during the game. And the sellout crowd of 18,997 responded by giving the former Mavs’ superstar a thunderous standing ovation.

“I didn’t know this was coming,” Nowitzki said.