DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki saw the play Sunday when New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd had to receive seven stitches on the side of his head.
A gash was opened on the side of Kidd's head when he collided with and was fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson while attempting a three-point shot in the first quarter of Sunday's game.
"I saw that,'' Nowitzki said. "That was the same play -- he fakes and jumps into people.
"You know that play that he always does.''
At first, Kidd covered the blood on his head and shot his three free throws while wearing a headband. After that he went to the locker room, got the stitches, returned to the court in the second quarter and wore a headband over the gash that opened when Kidd's head collided with one of Stephenson's tooth.
"He’s a warrior,'' Nowitzki said. "Seven stitches and he’s right back out there.
"He didn’t really look good with his headband, but he got it done.''
Kidd and Nowitzki both played critical roles when the Mavs captured the 2011 NBA championship.
-- Dwain Price
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