Kidd reaches milestone in win over Raptors
Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd became the fourth man in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists as his team held off the Toronto Raptors for a 109-98 home victory.
Kidd set up Brandon Bass on a jumper with just over one minute left in the third quarter to reach the magic number. He only trails John Stockton (15,806), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Magic Johnson (10,141) on the NBA career list.
It means a lot of my teammates put the ball in the basket over the years," said Kidd. "It's nothing I ever thought I'd accomplish when I started out."
Kidd finished with nine points, six rebounds and 15 assists in helping Dallas to its third consecutive win.
Dirk Nowitzki led a group of five Dallas players who reached double figures, scoring 24 to go along with 10 rebounds. Josh Howard contributed 16 points while Antoine Wright added 15.
Depth was a key factor in the game, with the Mavericks holding a 41-24 advantage in bench scoring. Toronto also shot just 37 per cent from the field and hit on only three of 20 attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
Toronto started slowly and battled the Mavericks on even terms through the second and much of the third before fading away. The Raptors haven't won in Dallas since December 1999.
At one point in the third, Toronto coach Jay Triano smashed his clipboard to bits.
Chris Bosh led the visitors with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrea Bargnani netted 18 and added seven rebounds. Anthony Parker led in assists with seven to go along with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Shawn Marion was missed, leaving the game in the first quarter with flu-like symptoms.
"Too many second-chance points," said Triano. "We'd get a stop but couldn't rebound the ball. Shawn is one of the guys who tracks the ball for us and we certainly didn't do that."
Dallas opened up a 26-16 lead early, with Wright hitting a three-pointer among his seven during the spurt.
The Raptors clawed back to within 27-24 by the end of the quarter, with Joey Graham and Roko Ukic providing key points.
The Mavericks would get cold, with Parker hitting from long distance and Bosh making a layup as Toronto led by as many as four points.
Dallas restored the lead by half, with Bass, Howard and James Singleton hitting shots for a 60-53 advantage.
Parker hit a jumper in the third to bring Toronto to within a point, but Howard's layup made it 64-61 and the Mavericks soon extended the lead as Nowitzki got several of his points, leading to Triano's outburst.
The home team and its fans also got a boost from the presence of Jason Terry, back earlier than expected after breaking a bone in his hand.
Terry wasn't in top form but he hit a three-pointer after Kidd's landmark assist to pad the Dallas lead to 90-75 after three quarters.
"It felt great to be back," Terry said. "I thought my conditioning would be the part that I had to worry about, but I think I did a great job of staying in shape."
Bass touched down with a thundering dunk to put the Mavericks up by 16 points in the fourth.
The Raptors never really threatened again and fell to 23-38 on the season.
"Sometimes we get down eight or 10 points and hang our heads," said Bosh. "This is the NBA. A 10-point lead can disappear in a matter of minutes. We have to keep that in mind."
The win helped the Mavericks stay 1½ games ahead of Phoenix for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, as the Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers earlier Sunday.
Toronto completes its three-game trip Tuesday in Houston.
With files from the Associated Press