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Gameday Recap: Dallas Mavericks Pull Away from Portland Trail Blazers, Move to 3-1 on Young Season

November 5th, 2012 at 11:30 PM
By Kevin Rodriguez

The Dallas Mavericks used another big game from O.J. Mayo to propel them to a second straight blowout win Monday night at the American Airlines Center. Mayo scored 32 as the Mavs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-91.

Mayo, Dallas' first year shooting guard, helped the Mavs move to 3-1 on the young season.

After pressing on his shots and going 7-22 in the Mavs' first two games, Mayo has relaxed at home to score 62 points in his first two home games with Dallas.

"He's playing with a lot of confidence," forward Vince Carter said.

Mayo's backcourt mate Darren Collison is also giving reason to believe that the two could deserve a chance to be with Dallas long-term. Collison provided his second straight double-double in the win against Portland, scoring 14 points and dishing out 13 assists. Collison has scored at least 14 points in all four games so far, while showing he can run this new Dallas offense effectively.

Chris Kaman came off the bench to score 16 points. He is proving that he is the best low-post scoring center the Mavs have ever had. Kaman went 8-10 from the field.

Not all was great for Dallas. Starting forward Shawn Marion left the game with an injury. Rodrigue Beaubois also missed the game with an ankle injury.

Marion and Dirk Nowitzki are the only two players who played in the postseason for Dallas on their way to the 2011 championship.

Up next for Dallas is the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the final game of a three-game homestand.


Tags: Basketball, Chris Kaman, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Darren Collison, Dirk Nowitzki, NBA, O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion

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