- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- Any win feels good for the Mavericks these days.
This one felt even a little bit better for O.J. Mayo, considering it came against his former team.
Mayo doesn’t harbor any bitterness toward the Grizzlies, who made no attempt to re-sign the former No. 3 overall pick that they almost traded a few times over the last couple of years. However, it’s human nature to have a little extra motivation to beat a team that didn’t want you.
Mayo’s return to Memphis on Dec. 21 was pretty much a nightmare after the FedEx Forum crowd gave him a polite pregame ovation. He had more turnovers (five) than field goals (3-of-11 shooting) in a double-digit loss.
Mayo didn’t exactly light up the Grizzlies in the rematch, but he played an efficient game in a blowout win that he especially enjoyed.
“We put it to ‘em, man,” said Mayo, who had 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, four assists and only one turnover Saturday night. “I got to sit out most of the fourth quarter, so that was cool. It was good. I thought we played well. ... They came in here a little tired and we handled our business.”
Coach Rick Carlisle credited Mayo with playing a smart game instead of letting his emotions influence him into trying to put up big numbers when the defense dictated that he move the ball.
“It’s tempting to get caught up in all that stuff and go hunting for shots,” Carlisle said. “But he didn’t do that. He just played a real solid game.”
1. Turnover turnaround: The Mavs committed a season-low-tying nine turnovers against the Grizzlies, continuing the reversal of what had been a troubling trend for much of the season. Dallas has committed 13 or fewer turnovers in eight straight games.
“If we give ourselves a chance to at least get a shot up and not turn the ball over, that’s going to work in our favor,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “It’s going to at least help us set our defense up.”
2. Trix's 20: Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, hitting 9-of-13 shots from the floor, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. But the days of Marion, a 16,000-point career scorer who once averaged 21.8 points per game in a season, caring about his scoring numbers are long done.
“The individual statistics don’t matter,” said Marion, who is averaging 10.4 points per game this season. “Right now, we’re trying to get these Ws. We’re trying to take these baby steps and start crawling to some Ws.”
3. Parties of 3: The Mavs, fueled by 11-of-17 shooting from 3-point range, were only the third team this season to score 100 points against the Grizzlies this season. This was the third time that all five Mavs starters scored in double figures: Marion (20), Dirk Nowitzki (17), Chris Kaman (14), Mayo (11) and Darren Collison (10).
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