Mayo helped salvage Mavericks' road trip

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Kings at Mavericks

7:30 tonight, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)

Records: Kings 7-12, Mavericks 10-10

About the Kings: The Kings are just 1-6 on the road this season. The one win came Saturday when Sacramento pounded the Trail Blazers in Portland 99-80 ... John Salmons had 19 points and 11 assists in that game, and DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 12 rebounds ... Cousins averages 16.8 points and 10.1 rebounds. ... The Kings are 21st in the NBA in rebounding (40.9 rpg) and last in assists (18.7 apg).

About the Mavericks: This is the lone game on a homestand and will be followed by road games in Boston, Toronto and Minnesota. ... Shawn Marion (strained right groin muscle) is day-to-day after missing Saturday's game against the Rockets. ... Chris Kaman had 20 points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes against the Rockets despite playing with a sprained left ankle.

-- Dwain Price

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DALLAS -- A three-game road trip that started out sour ended up on a sweet note for the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavs opened the trip Wednesday by falling in Los Angeles to the Clippers 112-90.

But the Mavericks won in Phoenix on Thursday 97-94, then finished the four-day road trip with Saturday's come-from-behind 116-109 victory in Houston against the Rockets.

Winning the final two games of the trip told a lot about the Mavs.

"I think it shows a lot about the character of this team," point guard Derek Fisher said. "Even though we have a lot of young guys, I think guys are really doing a good job of hanging in there and really trying to develop some trust in each other on both ends of the floor.

"To go on a road trip for three games and win two of them, it doesn't matter who you're playing against. In the NBA if you can win 60 percent of your road games that's pretty good, so we'll take it."

The Mavs will be home for only one game, against the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center, before hitting the road again for a three-game trip that starts Wednesday in Boston and continues with games against Toronto and Minnesota.

The Rockets trailed the Mavs 39-20 late in the first quarter, but took a 96-85 lead with 9:25 remaining in the game. The Mavs, however, stormed back with a 31-13 run, with O.J. Mayo scoring 16 of those points en route to a career-high-tying 40 points.

"It feels good to go 2-1 on the road trip, even though we didn't play that well in LA," center Chris Kaman said. "It feels good to come and win in Phoenix and win in Houston."

Dallas got back to .500 (10-10) after the rout.

"This means the world,'' forward Dahntay Jones said. "That was one of our goals."

Marvelous Mayo

In a jubilant postgame locker room in Houston, Mavs players marveled at O.J. Mayo's shooting.

Mayo scored 40 points, connecting on 15 of 26 shots, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

He scored 16 points during a 5:36 span of the first quarter, and added another 16 during a 7:49 span in the fourth.

"I really just wanted to get the win," Mayo said. "I just tried to take my time and just tried to make the right basketball play every time."

His teammates saw more than that, however.

"O.J. really took on the role of basically putting us on his back offensively," Derek Fisher said. "He's playing at an unbelievable level right now, and I think he can continue to get better on both ends of the floor."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

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