Jason Kidd's happy homecoming

Dallas Mavericks' prodigal son enjoys a victory on his return.

    Jason Kidd with a defence splitting pass [AFP]
    In his first home game with the Dallas Mavericks in more than 11 years, Jason Kidd had 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a 102-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association.

    Kidd came up short of his 100th career triple-double.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points for the Mavericks, who won their 11th straight home game.

    Ben Gordon had 25 points to lead five Chicago players in double figures.

    Wizards 95, Hornets 92

    In New Orleans, DeShawn Stevenson drained a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer and Washington handed New Orleans its third straight loss.

    Stevenson's buzzer beater capped a career night for the Wizards guard as he scored 33 points.

    Brendan Haywood and reserve Roger Mason scored 12 points apiece.

    Chris Paul scored 22 for New Orleans.

    Spurs 89, Hawks 74

    In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio earned its season-best sixth straight win.

    Tony Parker added 15 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have lost just five games at home this season.

    Joe Johnson scored 17 points for Atlanta, and reserve Zaza Pachulia tied his season high with 14 points.

    Rookie Al Horford added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

    Raptors 102, Pacers 98

    At Indianapolis, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Toronto to the win.

    Carlos Delfino scored 23 points and made six of seven 3-pointers, and T.J. Ford added 16 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who have won all three meetings with Indiana this season.

    Danny Granger and Marquis Daniels each had 20 points, and Granger added 10 rebounds for the Pacers.

    Indiana led 86-84 before Toronto went on a 13-2 run that included two 3-pointers by Delfino to take a 97-88 lead with just over 4 minutes to play.

    Pistons 98, Nuggets 93

    At Denver, Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton had 20 points apiece to lead Detroit to the win.

    Denver had a chance to tie it when Billups fouled J.R. Smith on a 3-point attempt with 6.5 seconds left and Detroit leading 95-92. Smith made the first free throw, missed the second and intentionally missed the third, but the Nuggets couldn't get the rebound.

    Billups hit three foul shots in the final seconds to seal the Pistons' third straight win.

    Allen Iverson had a game-high 28 points and Carmelo Anthony had 23 for Denver, which lost its third in a row.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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