PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jason Kidd knocked it down this time.
His clutch 3-pointer was from almost the exact spot as the one he bricked during the Mavs’ Game 4 meltdown. The situation was eerily similar, too. As was the case in the fourth quarter of the Mavs’ previous trip to the Rose Garden, the Trail Blazers had rallied from a double-digit deficit to pull within one possession when Kidd got a wide-open look from the left wing.
Kidd wasn’t about to make the same mistake he did days earlier, when he missed so badly that the ball thudded off the backboard on the opposite side of the hoop. This one ripped the net, giving the Mavs a bit of breathing room in a game they pulled away to win to end the series.
“I rushed it in Game 4,” Kidd said. “I had plenty of time to shoot it. I got a little excited. I thought if the ball came to me, just to relax and take my time. That’s what I did.”
It was the only shot Kidd made during the fourth quarter, coming after the Blazers slashed a 17-point lead to one with a little more than five minutes remaining. Portland never made it a one-possession game again.
“The Jason Kidd 3 really to me was the big shot of the game,” Dirk Nowitzki said.