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Kidd hits assist milestone in Mavs' rout of Rockets

Kidd hits assist milestone in Mavs' rout of RocketsHOUSTON (AP) - Jason Kidd is resigned to the reality that he'll never catch John Stockton's all-time assists record.

He'll have to settle for No. 2 on that list.

Kidd passed Mark Jackson for second place in career assists, Jason Terry scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks shot 65.5 percent in a 130-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Kidd delivered seven assists to reach 10,337 in his career. He came in needing five to pass Jackson's career total (10,334), and now trails only Stockton (15,806). analysisStephen A. Smith: Final Answer?Hill: Nets, T-Wolves ... worst ever?Rosen: Is Vince a good fit for Magic?Power Rankings: Who's No. 1?Hill: Which teams have best benches?Full NBA coverage | Scores | Stats

"There wasn't any defense," Houston coach Rick Adelman said. "We didn't even get close enough to them to even foul them in the first half. I don't know what happened."

Kidd passed Jackson on the career assists list with an alley-oop pass to Rodrigue Beaubois with 10:53 left in the third quarter.

"The big thing is to just play the game," Kidd said. "The stats and stuff will take care of themselves, and then at the end of your career, you can look back and see what you achieved."

The Mavericks led 68-51 at halftime and started 6 for 11 in the second half to maintain an 18-point cushion. Houston made a mild run, but Thomas dunked over Landry in the last minute of the third quarter for a 91-77 lead.

Terry hit an off-balance shot with 6:45 left to put Dallas up 108-87, its biggest lead to that point. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle used mostly reserves from there, and the Mavs still reached their season-high point total.

"Our start was horrendous," Carlisle said. "The rest of the game was great."


Nowitzki deflected a shot by Chuck Hayes in the first quarter and has a block in 10 consecutive games. ... Rockets F Shane Battier has a 3-pointer in 27 consecutive regular-season games, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. ... Dallas G Quinton Ross did not travel with the team to Houston after leaving Tuesday's game against Golden State with back soreness. Carlisle said Ross met with doctors on Wednesday and would join the team for its game in Indiana on Friday.

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