Jason Kidd didn't talk about it. He just did it.
Seattle guard Gary Payton, who questioned whether Kidd should have won the fan voting for a starting berth in this month's NBA All-Star game, guarded Kidd for most of Thursday night's game at Dallas.Kidd scored a season-high 36 points and had nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Mavericks over the SuperSonics 103-100.
"I'm not going to get into any wars in the newspapers," Kidd said after going 14-for-22 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and adding four steals. "I just let my game speak for me."
Shawn Kemp led the Sonics with 22 points, while Payton scored 20. Even with the loss, Seattle has a 32-12 record, the best in the Western Conference. But the lowly Mavericks have beaten the Sonics in two of their three meetings this season.
Bulls 105, Kings 85
Michael Jordan had his second straight off night, but finished with 27 points as visiting Chicago won its 17th straight. The Bulls improved to 40-3, an NBA record for most wins with just three losses; the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers were 39-3.
Jordan was only 7-of-16 from the field, but added 13 free throws.
Chicago's Dennis Rodman tied his season high with 21 rebounds.
Sacramento was led by Mitch Richmond with 30 points.
Knicks 110, Magic 102
Patrick Ewing missed all 15 shots he took in the second half, yet New York still won its fourth straight, defeating visiting Orlando.
Ewing scored all 23 of his points in the first half, but Anthony Mason took up the slack with 13 of his 21 points in the second half, including a tip-in and layup that ended the Magic's final threat.
Nick Anderson paced Orlando with 30 points, but All-Stars Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal managed just six and 18, respectively.
Heat 124, 76ers 104
Rex Chapman scored 23 points and host Miami rallied with a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia.
Reserve guard Voshon Lenard, a rookie who finished with 15 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Heat stretched an 85-80 lead to 102-87 at the start of the fourth period.
Alonzo Mourning scored 20 points for Miami, while Trevor Ruffin had 28 points for the Sixers, who have lost 10 of 11 games.
Rockets 116, Hornets 111
Houston won at Charlotte as Sam Cassell scored all 22 of his points in the final 14:43. Hakeem Olajuwon added 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Rockets ran their record against the Hornets to 17-2.
Charlotte got 24 points each from Matt Geiger and Kenny Anderson.
Pistons 87, Pacers 70
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Detroit stopped Indiana's winning streak at seven, one short of the team's NBA franchise record.
Otis Thorpe scored 23 points to lead the Pistons, who played without their leading scorer, Grant Hill. Detroit also got 21 points from Allan Houston.
The Pacers, held to their lowest point total of the season, were led by Rik Smits with 21 - Indiana's only player in double figures.
Mark West ended an unusual streak midway through the first period when he picked up his first assist of the season.
Bucks 108, Nuggets 102
Vin Baker scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and host Milwaukee hung on to defeat Denver in a game marred by three players being ejected.
Milwaukee's Sherman Douglas and Denver's Jalen Rose were thrown out of the game in the third quarter after exchanging blows and LaPhonso Ellis got tossed in the fourth period for pushing Milwaukee's Marty Conlon.
Johnny Newman had a season-high 21 and Glenn Robinson added 20 as the Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak, including the last three at home.
Denver's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth period.