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Jason Kidd's hot start not holding up

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Jason Kidd Show that swept the nation -- and in particular the Portland Trail Blazers -- has hit a rough patch.

After scoring 24 and 18 points in Games 1 and 2, respectively, to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 2-0 lead, Kidd will be looking for some more home cooking when Game 5 arrives Monday night back in Dallas with the series tied 2-2. In Portland, Kidd totaled 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, scoring eight points in Game 3 and nine in the epic meltdown of Game 4.

It continues the theme that when Kidd can produce in double digit scoring, the Mavs typically win, and when he doesn't they don't. For those who argue Kidd's assists are more valuable than his points, the 38-year-old veteran has seven assists in the last eight quarters and is averaging a career playoff low 4.8 assists.

Kidd had the hot in Game 4, but rare foul trouble doomed him in the first half, limiting him to just 11 minutes. He hit one 3-pointer in each of the first three quarters. His third-quarter 3 gave the Mavs a 48-37 lead in the third quarter on the way to a 67-44 advantage with 1:16 left.

But, when he had to have one go down, Kidd, who is shooting 48.3 percent from beyond the arc in the series, couldn't buy one. His missed one early in the fourth with the Mavs' once-mammoth lead down to 13 with 8:45 to go. Then, with 1:52 to go and Portland within 80-76, Kidd inexplicably dribbled the ball off his leg with Wesley Matthews hounding him, and lost it out of bounds.

Incredibly, Portland grabbed an 84-82 lead and Kidd had a chance to reclaim the lead and avert the monumental collapse. Wide open from the left wing, Kidd had time to set and fire, but just under 30 seconds to play. But, his shot sailed on him and banged hard off the lower portion of the backboard on the other side of the rim.

"We had two good looks there at the end," Kidd said. "I think I rushed my shot and there were two seconds left and had Jet with the ball, but it should never have came down to that."

Still, Kidd had a chance for his fifth assist of the game after he grabbed Brandon R0y's missed 3-pointer with 3.9 second on the clock and heaved a pass downcourt to the streaking Jason Terry, but his 3-pointer for the win hit back iron.