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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Jason Kidd 'felt great' in return

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Jason Kidd felt so fresh after a four-game break that he actually made a layup.

Believe it or not, his breakaway off a steal in the first quarter Saturday night was Kidd’s first two-point bucket of the season.

“Showed off my speed,” the 38-year-old Kidd deadpanned.

In all seriousness, there were no signs of the back spasms that sidelined Kidd for a week. He said he “felt great” while scoring five points on 2-of-2 shooting, dishing out six assists and swiping six steals in 29 minutes during the blowout win over the Kings.

“He looked good to me,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “I thought he moved well. He had good balance. The two shots he took went in. … His presence on the floor is irreplaceable.”

Kidd said he was ready to play Friday night against the Bucks, but Carlisle and head athletic trainer Casey Smith opted to hold him out one more night to make sure he’d be fresh for the upcoming four-game road trip that begins with a Martin Luther King Day matchup against the Lakers.

“They felt going back-to-back, there was no need to,” Kidd said. “Going tonight, there was a green light. I could have played as many minutes [as Carlisle wanted], because I felt good.”