The Dallas Mavericks used seven three-pointers from O.J. Mayo to help them run away with the victory against the Charlotte Bobcats, winning their home opener 126-99. Mayo ended up with 30 points as Dallas improved to a perfect 16-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
Dallas improved to 2-1 on the young season.
Darren Collison continued his good play to start the season, going 8-12 from the field for 18 points, including a running 34-footer at the end of the first half to give the Mavs an eight-point lead moments after they were down one to Charlotte.
Dallas had 16 three-pointers in the game. The Mavs also scored 36 points in the 3rd quarter, a couple days after getting throttled in the 3rd quarter against the Utah Jazz 37-13 in Dallas' first loss of the season.
"Once we got on the plane, a couple of us popped in the film and saw that our energy, effort, we were so casual during the entire third quarter, so we wanted to come out with an attack mentality and really just get after it," Mayo said, referring to the loss against Utah.
Vince Carter scored 18 points off the bench, helping Mayo do most of the damage for the Mavs from three-point land. Chris Kaman also made his season debut for the Mavs, scoring 18 as well and looking very good in the second half.
All the fun from three-point territory helped skew the only problem the Mavs had during this game. Dallas committed 22 turnovers, leading to 19 points from Charlotte.
Backup guard Rodrigue Beaubois was a game-time decision for this game, but ended up not playing.
Dallas continues its three-game opening homestand against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
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