Jason Kidd is a man on a mission whenever the Phoenix Suns play his former team.
He came back to haunt the Dallas Mavericks again Sunday night, getting his 18th career triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Suns clinched a playoff berth with a 100-90 victory."When I signed a long-term contract with the Mavericks, I expected to be in Dallas my entire career. But they traded me. I guess that's part of the business, but I want to make sure they know they made a mistake in trading me," said Kidd, who was dealt to the Suns in a multiplayer deal on Dec. 26, 1996.
"Until I retire, I am always going to be excited about playing the Mavericks. I would hate to lose to those guys and I make it a priority not too."
Kidd's excitement was evident and it rubbed off on his teammates.
Antonio McDyess and Danny Manning each scored 17 points as the Suns qualified for the postseason for the 10th consecutive year.
Michael Finley, the key player Kidd was traded for, led Dallas with 20 points and 12 assists. Chris Anstey added 19 points for the Mavericks, who lost their second straight game and fell to 5-28 on the road.
HEAT 79, MAGIC 76: At Orlando, Voshon Lenard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Miami held the Magic without a field goal in the final 7:45.
The game ended in confusion when the officials appeared to wave off the winning basket. They huddled, though, and concluded that Miami had inbounded the ball with 1.1 seconds left and Lenard, who dribbled before setting himself for a wide-open 26-footer, got the shot off before time expired.
LAKERS 119, GRIZZLIES 110: At Vancouver, Robert Horry scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth straight. Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and Rick Fox added 20.
HAWKS 93, CELTICS 77: At Atlanta, Dikembe Mutombo had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks as the Hawks beat the Celtics.
PACERS 91, KNICKS 86: At New York, Mark Jackson scored half of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana defeated the Knicks.
RAPTORS 100, WARRIORS 98, OT: At Oakland, Doug Christie scored 24 points and Toronto overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 3:42 of regulation to snap a six-game losing streak.
TRAIL BLAZERS 103, CLIPPERS 92: At Portland, Arvydas Sabonis had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers. Isaiah Rider added 26 points for the Blazers, who have beaten the Clippers 12 straight times in Portland.