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'It's just beautiful to watch Kidd play'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As a geezer by NBA standards, Jason Kidd picks his spots to coast throughout the long regular season.

That wasn't the case Saturday night at Arco Arena, when Kidd wanted to make sure the young Kings never got a whiff of confidence.

"He came out with such great urgency at the start of the game," Rick Carlisle said. "Bang-bang, he hits two jump shots at the beginning of the game and that really set the tone for us."

That was just the beginning of Kidd stuffing the stat sheet. He finished with 11 points (4-6 FG), 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the 105th triple-double of his career.

More importantly, the Mavs rolled to a 126-108 win to tighten their grip on the West's second seed.

"It’s always good to fill up the stat sheet, but the biggest thing is to get a win on the road," Kidd said. "We kind of hold our own destiny. No matter who we’re playing, we’ve got to get ready for the playoffs. Right now, we’re starting to play pretty good basketball."

Count Kings coach Paul Westphal among the impressed, particularly with the 37-year-old All-Star.

"It's beautiful to watch him play," Westphal said. "He fills up the stat sheet but doesn't play for stats. He just plays for making the right play every time and he gets them to the right situation.

"To have as much energy and conditioning as he has at this time of year, at this stage of his career is extremely remarkable.

"He's in the perfect situation for him. He's got enough big guys to protect the basket, he's got shooters all around him and he's got Dirk. It's going to be an interesting playoffs run. I think the Mavericks are poised to really do some damage."