The Phoenix Suns might as well get started on their offseason plans. Jason Kidd made sure of it.
Kidd had 19 points, a season-high 20 assists and a major career milestone - all in just three quarters - sending Dallas to a 140-116 victory over Phoenix on Sunday, virtually assuring the Mavericks of grabbing no worse than the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Dallas owns a four-game lead with five games left. Because the
Mavs won the season series, they hold the tiebreaker over the Suns.
Kidd's 14th assist gave him 10,142 for his career, passing Magic Johnson for No. 3 on the NBA's career list. He also set Mavs records for first-half assists (16) and assists in a regulation game.