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Kidd looks like an All-Star

DALLAS -- There were some questions about whether Jason Kidd deserved to replace Kobe Bryant in the All-Star Game.

He looks the part tonight against the Western Conference's starting point guard.

Phoenix's Steve Nash has 11 assists, but Kidd clearly has the upper hand in the matchup. Kidd has 16 points (6-10 FG), nine assists and four steals through three quarters.

Kidd's performance in the third quarter was especially outstanding. He had eight points, three assists and two steals in the frame as the Mavs stretched a seven-point halftime lead to 14.