Sue Bird plays her last game after two legendary decades

Basketball legend Sue Bird played the last game of her unparalleled 20-year career Tuesday night, stepping off the court to thunderous chants of "Thank you, Sue" despite her team's playoff loss.

The Seattle Storm — for which Bird has played her entire career — fell to the Las Vegas Aces in Game 4 of their semifinal series.

"I'm proud of everything we've accomplished here," she said after the game, according to ESPN. "Of course I'm sad, but there's happiness too,

to be able to have a moment like that with the fans, to have them chant the way they did. I know the tears don't look like happy tears, but there's a lot of happiness."

Bird's storied career has redefined basketball in Seattle and nationwide. The WNBA designated her one of the 25 greatest players in league history last year

Among many highlights: The 2002 No. 1 overall draft pick went on to become WNBA's all-time leader in both assists (over 3,000) and career starts (549) career games.

She's won four WNBA championships and participated in a record 12 All-Star games, and also won five consecutive Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women's basketball team.

As point guard, Bird either scored or assisted on nearly 33% of every Storm basket in her 18 seasons with the team and had a hand in 27.6% of every basket scored in the team's history.

"She's going to be one of those Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Everest players who you look to whenever you think about the greatness of the players," sports journalist Howard Bryant told NPR earlier this year.