Kidd returns to Mavs lineup after 6-game absence

Point guard Jason Kidd returned to the Dallas lineup on Friday

night after missing the past six games because of a strained right

calf muscle, finishing with eight points and 10 assists in 27

minutes in a victory at Minnesota.

The 38-year-old Kidd has played in more games (1,284) than any

other active player in the NBA. He said his calf felt fine and his

biggest challenge is getting back in shape. He rode a stationary

bike behind the bench in the fourth quarter before entering the

game with 10:32 left and swishing a key 3-pointer 17 seconds later

to stretch the Mavericks’ lead to six points.

Kidd also missed four games last month because of a strained

lower back. He said he wasn’t worried about playing on back-to-back

nights, with Dallas due back home on Saturday to face the Portland

Trail Blazers.

”Everything is good. I’ve just got to get my wind back,” Kidd

said.