Dallas Mavericks Thriving On O.J. Mayo's Electrifying Talents

By John Raffel
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

O.J. Mayo has simply been a force too much for Dallas Mavericks opponents to contend with this season in the NBA.

The Detroit Pistons discovered that in a painful way.

In Saturday’s 92-77 Dallas victory over Detroit, Mayo by himself, outscored the Pistons 16-11 in the third quarter, during which time Dallas had a 25-11 team scoring advantage.

“We gave up 35 fast break points. O.J. Mayo, of his 27 points, 18 were on the break,” said Detroit coach Lawrence Frank. “So, we got some great looks; didn’t fall for us tonight. Well you’ve got to move onto the next play. We weren’t able to recover from that.”

Thanks to Mayo, the Mavericks were able to turn a nine-point deficit into a 59-55 lead and take control of the game. The Pistons helped by shooting over 20 percent in the third quarter.

“As we talked about before the game, this team (Dallas) relies a lot on O.J. Mayo to get it going,” Frank said. “And our misses and his easy opportunities in transition turned the tide of the game.”
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle agreed.

“We started out well, hit a lull in the second quarter, and then picked it way up in the second half,” Carlisle said. “That’s what got us the win; the ability to get stops and then get out in transition because they were doing a good job of locking up O.J. (Mayo) in the half-court stuff.”

“O.J. had the opportunity to hit some open threes, that gives Darren (Collison) the opportunity to penetrate and (Shawn) Marion the ability to hit his floaters,” said Elton Brand. “We are off and running after we get stops.”


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