PORTLAND, Ore. -- The tables turned on Jason Kidd in Game 3. His shot that was can't-miss in Games 1 and 2, clanged off the rim all night in Thursday's Game 3 as the Dallas Mavericks lost 97-92. The Portland Trail Blazers trimmed the Mavs' series lead to 2-1.
Kidd was 1-of-6 from the 3-point line in the first half and finished 2-of-8 from long range, way off his 9-of-16 start in the previous two games. He finished with eight points, sinking a deep 2-pointer with 12.9 seconds left -- his first bucket since midway through the third quarter -- that he and the Mavs thought was 3-pointer. After a review, the refs ruled it a 2-pointer although angles from two different views seemed to provide two different conclusions.
The shot cut the Blazers' lead to 95-92, but in the end whether it was 2 or 3 didn't matter because Andre Miller made two free throws with 9.6 seconds to go. Had it been a 3-pointer, the Mavs still would faced a two-possession deficit after the Miller free throws.
Kidd, who also had an uncharacteristic five turnovers, with three coming in early when the Blazers jumped out to 16-7 start, entered the game averaging 21.0 points in the series with games of 24 and 18 points. Including Games 1 and 2, the Mavs are 26-6 when Kidd scores in double figures.
The 38-year-old point guard played on one day's rest for the first time in this series. He logged a series-high 38:22 and faces a quick turnaround with Game 4 at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday. Kidd said he got the same open looks he did in the first two games. He just didn't bury them. He said he looks forward to getting those same opportunities in Game 4.
"I was open. Again, I had the same great looks," Kidd said. "If I have those in Game 4, I feel I can knock them down."