How it happened: The Mavericks’ new kids were a heck of a lot better than all right.
O.J. Mayo lit up the Trail Blazers for 32 points on his 25th birthday. Point guard Darren Collison, Mayo’s 25-year-old backcourt partner, recorded his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 13 assists.
Collison set up several of Mayo’s six 3-point buckets. Mayo has 62 points and is 13-of-18 from 3-point range in the last two games.
Big man Chris Kaman, another newcomer, was also an offensive force off the bench for the second straight game. Kaman scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.
The Mavs have cruised to blowouts in both of their home games, beating the Bobcats by 27 and the Blazers by 23.
What it means: The Mavs aren’t just surviving while superstar Dirk Nowitzki recovers from his knee scope. They’re thriving, having won three of their first four games. Collison and Mayo are giving reason to believe they could be long-term pieces in Dallas, not just one-year rental players. The bad news: Shawn Marion left the game early due to a strained left knee.
Play of the game: Mayo knew he was feeling it after he hit his fourth 3 of the night, capping an 8-2 Dallas run coming out of halftime and stretching the Mavs’ lead to eight points, prompting Portland to call a timeout. Mayo, who knocked down the shot from the left wing after being fed by Marion, gleefully jogged to the bench and slapped coach Rick Carlisle on the butt on his way off the court.
Stat of the night: Mayo scored 30 points in consecutive games for the fourth time in his career. The other three 30-30s came during Mayo’s rookie season in 2008-09. This was the 10th 30-point game of Mayo’s career.