DALLAS – Coach Rick Carlisle never planned to wear the champagne-soaked red tie again.
Carlisle, however, figured it’d be a fitting way to honor the memory of Fisher Floyd.
Floyd, a Mavericks season-ticket holder with seats behind the home bench, died at the age of 30 in a small plane crash Thursday. Carlisle dedicated Dallas’ win Tuesday night over the 76ers to Floyd, whom the coach got to know during Mavs summer fantasy camps.
“He was a friend of the Mavericks, a friend of mine,” Carlisle said of Floyd, who is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and young sons Ryder and Hudson.
Carlisle missed the morning shootaround to attend Floyd’s funeral, wearing the tie that was around his neck on June 12, 2011, the night the Mavs’ clinched their championship in Miami. Carlisle wore it again one more time during Tuesday night’s game, when the Mavs honored Floyd with a moment of silence before the game and again at halftime, when they showed a video of the MFFL swishing a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and halfcourt shot in a contest during a game years ago.
“This will be the last time the tie is ever worn,” said Carlisle, who spoke at the funeral. “It was an emotional thing this morning and then again at halftime, seeing that. Special guy.”
A few more notes from the Mavs’ win:
1. Mayo’s masterpiece: Offensive performances don’t get much more efficient than O.J. Mayo’s outing against the Sixers.
Mayo scored 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting and dished out a season-high eight assists with only two turnovers. It was a welcome change after he committed 17 turnovers and shot 44.1 percent during the Mavs’ 0-3 road trip.
“I just try to pick my spots to go and attack,” Mayo said. “Those turnover games pretty much got under my skin, so I watched film of the last two or three games and saw my passing windows and when it’s good to go in attack, good to draw two (defenders) and find open guys. It’s just a learning process.”
2. Matrix’s milestone: Shawn Marion became the 95th player in NBA history to score 16,000 career points.
“I can score that ball,” Marion said with a laugh. “It’s that simple.”
Marion scored that ball seven times Tuesday night, finishing with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He’s scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games.
Wright had six of his 10 points and five of his six rebounds in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. Jones, who finished with eight points and three assists in 16 quality minutes, had a bucket and two assists during that span.
“Those two guys really did a nice job for us,” Carlisle said.