Mavericks flamboyant owner Mark Cuban didn't take back his harsh words about Knicks guard Jason Kidd, joking before the game he would "boo the hell out of him'' last night.

Nevertheless, Cuban, surrounded by reporters before last night's Knicks-Mavericks game, didn't add fuel to the fire. Kidd had the last laugh as his Knicks beat the Mavericks, 104-94, with Kidd contributing three steals, six points and three assists in 15:28.

Cuban made scathing remarks on Dallas radio that Kidd's jersey will never hang in the rafters in Dallas because he double-crossed him in leaving the Mavericks after verbally agreeing to a deal.

"I know what I said. I said it. It's over,'' Cuban said. "I'm not thinking about it. He plays for the Knicks. I don't care about the Knicks other than we just want to beat their [butt] like every other team. He's just a guy who wears another team's jersey."

Kidd said he and Cuban didn't speak and claimed afterward it was just another game on the schedule.

"I'm going to boo the hell out of him and hope he has about 15 turnovers,'' Cuban said beforehand. "I'll do it happily and with a lot of warmth. He knows my voice. I don't dislike him. I like J-Kidd.''