Dallas used a 19-4 run from the 1:01 mark of the second quarter through the 9:13 mark of the third period to turn a one-point deficit into a 14-point advantage on the way to their 126-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in the team’s home opener. O.J. Mayo connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers, previous high six 3-pointers on two occasions, en route to a season-high 30 points. It was his highest scoring game since he recorded a career-high 40 points at Denver on 11/1/09. Mayo added a season-high six rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. He had 12 points in each of Dallas’ first two games of the season.
Mavericks point guard Darren Collison recorded his first double-double of the season, 22nd career, with a season-high 18 points and a season-best 10 assists. He has now scored at least 17 points in each of Dallas’ first three games.
With the victory, the Mavericks improved to 16-0 all-time in regular-season games against the Bobcats. The Mavericks are the only team with a perfect record against the Bobcats. What’s more, no other team has won 10 consecutive games against the Bobcats. Dallas held Charlotte to 99 points in the win on Saturday. The Bobcats have yet to score 100 points in any of the 16 meetings with the Mavericks.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle recorded his 200th victory with Dallas, becoming one of only three Mavericks coaches to achieve the milestone. Only Don Nelson (339) and Dick Motta (329) have more wins with the Mavericks.
Here’s the quoteboard for the team’s victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
- On third quarter execution
“We played better defense, we rebounded better, and we were making threes tonight. You make 16 threes, you’re not going to lose many games, and it was a bit of a deodorant for some of our other transgressions. We look to make strides, mild as they may be, and get better. We got better in some areas and there are other areas we’ve got to keep working at obviously.”
- On Chris Kaman’s first game back
“Well, you can see he’s going to help us. We won the boards by five – he certainly had something to do with that. Troy Murphy came into the game and he had five rebounds in eight minutes. That helps a lot. 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 injury. It gets you back into the flow.”
- On O.J. Mayo’s performance
“Shot making comes and goes. The consistency with defense and rebounding is really where it’s at because that’s going to trigger everything for us. It’s nothing different than I’ve been saying for four-plus years here. 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. It’s huge.”
- On Mayo and Collison playing well together
“They’re playing well. This was a game that was going to be a be ready to make plays on every possession because they’re going to junk it up and give you different looks. We may have run one or two plays the entire night…After the beginning of the game, we attacked better on offense. Look, they played last night so they were tired. We wore them down and we’ve got a lot of depth.”
- Any thoughts on his 200th win
“I don’t [have any]. It’s great, I had no idea about it. In this business, if you sit around trying to count wins, that’s when things don’t go well. We can enjoy this for a few hours and get ready for Portland. Portland will be the best offensive team we’ve faced by far.”
- On what led to his hot scoring night
“Darren Collison. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He was getting in that lane and I had an opportunity to knock down some open shots. I knocked them down tonight.”
- On if the hoop looked a little bigger as the night went on
“Just a little bit, but I’ve taken a lot of shots up before and after practices, coming in at night. I was eventually going to get on a roll. Darren and the bigs setting big screens, him getting in there and creating, the least I can do is knock down a shot for him.”
- How much he’s playing off of Darren Collison.
“A lot. I think we all are. He’s doing a great job getting in the lane…We’ve pretty much just got an offense that we just flow and play off each other.”
- On the chemistry that’s building
“Our practices are very competitive. We’re professionals, so we’re just trying to put it together rather fast and make sure we have some success here knowing that Dirk is out. We’re just trying to go out there and take care of business.”
- On how he felt after the game
“I felt pretty good…I think I’m getting past it. I don’t want to jinx it, but I felt pretty good. I just want to be patient and look to move forward at a steady pace.”
-On his efficient shooting night.
“I had some easy put-ins…Ultimately, I was frustrated with the rebounding. I thought I could have done a little bit better of a job there.”
- On how the team was so efficient
“I think today what made it easier was that we were getting in the paint…They did a good job of chasing whoever was in the lane, but we did an even better job of just moving the ball and finding open guys. We were shooting and making them.”
- On O.J. Mayo’s performance
“I think he was great; He was locked in. He was kind of worried about his shot a couple of days ago and we said just shoot it like you’re 5-of-5. Once he got rolling, he got rolling.”
- On his energy and feeding off the younger players
“I try to provide the energy, as well. They’re young and vibrant, but I just try to bring the energy as well and comfort those guys. I want to run my mouth talking and help them feel comfortable on the court. In any situation, I’m just trying to be aggressive and play as hard as them.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.