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Friday, February 26, 2010
Kidd climbing steals chart, Bynum fine, more

By Jeff Caplan

Jason Kidd enters tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks tied for fifth with Scottie Pippen on the NBA's all-time steals list.

Kidd has a chance to bolt up to No. 4. He'll pass Pippen with one steal and he'll leap Maurice Cheeks (2,310) with four. It's possible. Kidd has had at least four steals 10 times in a game this season and twice in the past six games.

Fourth might be as high as he can get. Gary Payton is third with 2,445, Michael Jordaon is second with 2,514 and John Stockton is in a completely different stratosphere with 3,265.

And more:

*L.A. Times reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum was fined $25,000 by the league for ripping the refs after the Mavs' 101-96 win Wednesday. Bynum said Lakers played "five against eight." Both teams were whistled for 20 fouls, but Mavs shot 10 more free throws.

*The Mavs are going for a season-best six-game win streak, which would be the longest in two seasons.

*A road win at Atlanta would give the Mavs 19 road wins, one more than all of last season.

*From the Elias Sports Bureau: Tonight's meeting marks the first time the Mavs (37-21) and the Hawks (36-20) have met when both teams entered the game at least 15 games over .500 since March 29, 1988. Then Atlanta (41-26) defeated Dallas (46-22), 120-106. Dominique Wilkens scored 40 points and Doc Rivers had 17 assists for the Hawks.