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O.J. Mayo is First Dallas Mavericks Guard to Score 40 Points in a Game Since 2002

December 9th, 2012 at 7:48 PM
By Kevin Rodriguez

On Saturday night, O.J. Mayo proved, once again, that he is becoming the Dallas Mavericks' closer. He hit shot after shot en route to an amazing 40-point game against James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

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Harden wasn't so bad himself, scoring 39 points in the game. However, a majority of those points came in the first half, as the Mavs were able to effectively contain him in the second half.

But Mayo's incredible performance, which included a dagger three-pointer to put the Mavs up five with under a minute to play, has him in exclusive company in Dallas Mavericks franchise history.

The last Mavs' guard to score 40 in a game was Michael Finley's 42 points in a game against Detroit in the 2002-2003 season. Mayo put an end to the drought with his performance Saturday night in the 116-109 victory.

Jason Terry was the last guard to come close to 40, scoring 36 against Golden State on February 8th, 2010. With Mayo's performance, Mavs' guards have now scored 40 points in a game only twice in 18 years. That tells you how magical the game was for Mayo.

The Dallas Mavericks return home to American Airlines Center on Monday night to take on the Sacramento Kings.

 

Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Michael Finley, NBA, O.J. Mayo

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