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Monday, February 22, 2010
Stats back up Kidd's case for weekly honor

By Marc Stein

The Mavericks will find out later Monday if their nomination of Jason Kidd for Western Conference Player of the Week was successful.

Two notable achievements from to support Kidd’s case:

* Kidd’s 14 points in Saturday’s fourth quarter against Miami represent his best single scoring quarter in any game over the past two seasons.

* With seven steals in last Wednesday’s win over Phoenix, Kidd became the oldest player in league history to register at least seven steals in a regulation game since the NBA began tracking steals in the 1973-74 season.

The Elias Sports Bureau reports that two players slightly older than Kidd did so in games that went multiple overtimes – Lenny Wilkens (36 years, 355 days old) in a quadruple-overtime game for Portland on Oct. 18, 1974, and Utah’s John Stockton (36 years, 341 days old) in a double-overtime game on March 2, 1999 – but Kidd racked up his seven steals in 42 minutes against the Suns.

UPDATE: Utah power forward Carlos Boozer, not Kidd, was named the Western Conference's player of the week.