Saturday, November 3, 2012
O.J. Mayo more comfortable, confident
By Richard Durrett
DALLAS -- It was just a few days ago that O.J. Mayo was worried about his shots not falling, according to teammate Vince Carter.
"Even early in the game, I was like, 'Just shoot it like you're 5-for-5 instead of 1-for-5.' Once he got rolling, he got rolling," Carter said.
Mayo rolled to 30 points on a career-high night from outside the 3-point stripe as the Mavericks surged in front late in the first half and then ran away with the game in the second half, winning 126-99. Mayo was 7-for-10 from that range, breaking his all-time mark for made 3-pointers. And most of those looks were pretty open, thanks to the penetrating penchant of Darren Collison. The guard would draw defenders in the paint, allowing Mayo to deftly dance around the arc to receive an outlet pass from Collison.
Mayo was quick to praise Collison, who had 18 points and 10 assists for a double-double.
"DC, you have to give him a lot of credit, he was getting in that lane and I had an opportunity to knock down open shots," said Mayo, who is 12-of-19 outside the 3-point stripe and 5-of-20 inside it this season. "I knocked them down tonight. I was taking a lot of shots before and after practices and coming in at night, so eventually I thought I'd get on a roll. But Darren and the bigs set good screens and him getting in there and creating, the least you can do is knock down a shot for him."
Mayo certainly did that. Both guards played well and looked comfortable on the floor together. Each of them played nearly 32 minutes. Mayo said he's playing off Collison a lot right now.
"I think we all are," Mayo said. "He's doing a great job of getting in the lane. We feed off each other. Our practices are very competitive and we're professionals, so we're trying to put it together rather fast and having some success here with Dirk sidelined."