Kidd Quiets Critics in Mavs' Defeat of Kings

Bulls crumble under Wizards, Rockets get 14th win from Grizzlies
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 6:05 AM CST
Kidd Quiets Critics in Mavs' Defeat of Kings
Memphis Grizzlies' Javaris Crittendon (3) is fouled by Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo, right, of Congo, during the second half of a basketball game Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)   (Associated Press)

Any doubters in Dallas have likely changed their tune after Jason Kidd nearly snagged a triple-double in the Mavericks' 115-106 domination of Sacramento. The Mavs put the leap in Leap Day, with Kidd grabbing 11 boards, Dirk Nowitzki hauling in 10, Josh Howard getting nine, and Erick Dampier leading with 13, the Sacramento Bee reports. In other hoops news:

  • Chicago had a 52-32 lead near the end of the second quarter, before a catastrophic implosion left them looking up at Washington from the wrong side of a 97-91 decision.
  • A 116-95 win against Memphis gives Houston its 14th straight and only the second perfect month in franchise history, thanks partly to Tracy McGrady's 25 points.
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