Jason Kidd provides offensive surprise

Veteran guard on target from long range to give Mavs spark they needed in Game 1 win

Updated: April 22, 2011, 11:11 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- On a night when points were at a premium and the Dallas Mavericks stared down a six-point deficit with 6:07 to play, who figured it would be 38-year-old Jason Kidd looking to his teammates and pleading: Fellas, a little help?

He'd get a fourth-quarter boost from his buddy Dirk Nowitzki, who had 18 of his 28 in the final period, but it was Kidd who otherwise thrilled the crowd and carried the Mavs to an important 89-81 Game 1 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

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