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NBA: Ex-Nets Kidd, Wright help Mavs pound New Jersey


Jason Kidd and Antoine Wright celebrated the first anniversary of their trade from the New Jersey Nets a day early on Wednesday, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-98 victory over their former team.

Kidd opened the game with three early 3-pointers and scored 23 points. He also had 10 assists. Wright hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 20 points in the third quarter.

Josh Howard had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, 7-2 since Kidd was put in charge of the offense.


At Oakland, California, Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Pau Gasol added 24 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles rallied past Golden State.

Lamar Odom scored 22 points for the Lakers, who have improved the NBA’s best record to 44-10 with back-to-back wins following the All-Star break. Los Angeles trailed late into the fourth quarter, but made a 17-3 run beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers by Trevor Ariza, who finished with 17 points.


At Toronto, LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 22 points in Cleveland’s win over Toronto.

Needing two rebounds and one assist in the final quarter for his 21st career triple-double, James had six points but only one rebound before leaving the game for good with just over 3 minutes remaining.

In other NBA games it was:

• Hornets 117, Magic 85

• Timberwolves 111, Heat 104

• Nuggets 101, 76ers 89

• Suns 142, Clippers 119

• Bobcats 103, Pacers 94

• Bulls 113, Bucks 104

• Hawks 105, Kings 100

• Trail Blazers 94, Grizzlies 90

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