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Monday, November 19, 2012
O.J. Mayo lighting it up from 3-point land

By Marc Stein

O.J. Mayo continues to give the Mavericks something to cling to offensively as they await Dirk Nowitzki's return from knee surgery.

With 36 3-pointers in his first 11 games with Dallas, Mayo is averaging 3.3 triples per game. It’s a significant number because Ray Allen and two former Mavericks -- Dennis Scott and George McCloud -- are the only players in NBA history to sustain that sort of frequency over an entire season.

The reality, of course, is that Mayo has to cool off eventually. He’s shooting a sizzling 59 percent on 3s -- 36 for 61 -- compared to just .427 (41-for-96) inside the 3-point arc. The chances of him hanging at the Allen/Scott/McCloud level have to be remote.

Still ...

Entering Monday night’s game against Golden State, Mayo’s per-game average of 21.3 points ranks second in the league behind only Houston’s James Harden (26.0 ppg) among players who changed teams during the offseason.

According to the precise data from the Elias Sports Bureau, Allen averaged his three-plus 3s per game in 2001-02 (229 3s in 69 games) and 2005-06 (269 3s in 78 games). McCloud did it while with the Mavericks in 1995-96 (257 3s in 79 games) and Scott did it that same season while in Orlando (267 3s in 82 games).