Mayo scores 30 points as Mavericks stay perfect against Bobcats
11/04/2012 1:05 AM
02/21/2013 12:56 AM
DALLAS -- Mark Cuban has owned the Dallas Mavericks since 2000.
But his team also owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
Since the Bobcats joined the NBA in 2004, the Mavs are 16-0 against them. The domination continued in Saturday's home opener when the Mavs plastered the Bobcats 126-99 before an American Airlines Center sellout crowd.
O.J. Mayo established a career-high with seven 3-pointers to go with 30 points, Darren Collison had 18 points and 10 assists, and Chris Kaman made his Mavericks debut with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting in only 20 minutes.
"Well, you can see he's going to help us," said Rick Carlisle, who won his 200th game since he became the Mavs' coach in 2008. "Chris has a knack for being in the right place.
"His teammates found him several times for easy ones. It's good to have that going when you're coming back from an injury."
Kaman scored 10 points in the third period when the game was still in doubt. In that same quarter, Mayo scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
"I got some open shots, so I knocked them down tonight," said Mayo, who was 7-of-10 from 3-point range. "Darren and the bigs setting good screens and getting in there and creating, the least you can do is knock down the shots for them."
As far as Kaman is concerned, he was battling back from a strained right calf that he said stiffened up on him in the second half.
"It feels good now, so I think I'm getting past it," said Kaman, while knocking on some wood. "I don't want to jinx it, but I want to be patient and look to move forward at a steady pace.
"It took me a minute to kind of get adjusted. Towards the end of the third quarter I started feeling a little more comfortable.''
Collison's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Mavs a 61-53 lead at the half. Dallas then scored 36 points in the breakaway third quarter and kept pouring it on from there.
In stretching their record to 2-1, the Mavs even outrebounded the Bobcats 43-38, including nine by Shawn Marion and six apiece from Brandan Wright and Mayo.
Overall, the Mavs shot a sizzling 61.3 percent from the floor and converted 16 of 25 3-pointers while overcoming the 22 points Ramon Sessions scored for the Bobcats.
"We played better defense, we rebounded better and we were making 3's tonight," Carlisle said. "You make 16 3's and you're not going to lose many games.
"And it was a bit of a deodorant for some of our other transgressions."
Carlisle was referring to the 22 turnovers the Mavs committed. It's a number he hopes decreases by the time the Mavs host Portland on Monday.
"We want to continue to out-execute teams in transition," said Vince Carter, who scored 18 points in just 22 minutes. "We're just trying to stay on one page and I think we were on one page tonight.''
It's a page that has led the Mavs to a victory every time they've met the Bobcats. Dallas is the only team with a perfect record against Charlotte, and the Bobcats have never cracked the 100-point barrier in any of the 16 games against the Mavs.
"The consistency with defense and rebounding is really where it's at, because that's going to trigger everything for us," Carlisle said. "We've got to stay the course on being vigilant about keeping people in front of us, and then contesting and going and getting the ball."
Dwain Price, 817-390-7760
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