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OVERALL GAME GRADE: D+
O.J. Mayo came into this game averaging 22.2 points per game. He scored 13 in this game, and he did it off of 5-of-15 shooting. He also took some wild shots, and that was exactly the reason why he wore out his welcome in Memphis. Still, Mayo was playing outstandingly well before this one, so one would assume he will bounce back.
Mayo took two shots in the fourth quarter, and he hit one of them, and that happened to be a three-point play. Other than that, Mayo continued his less than stellar level of play in the final period.
O.J. Mayo didn't do much of anything in the third, only hitting two free throws. He struggled from the floor all night and didn't can a three-pointer up to this point, despite coming into this game shooting 56.8 percent from beyond the arc. Again, if Mayo doesn't score, the Mavericks are in trouble, as they just don't have many other reliable scorers on the team.
Mayo was a bit better in the second period, hitting two of his five shot attempts and looking more under control. That said, he had only six points at the half, and with Dirk Nowitzki out, the Mavericks need more production than that out of Mayo.
It was a miserable first quarter for Mayo, as he shot 1-of-4 from the field and was absolutely torched by World Peace on the defensive end. Mayo leads the NBA in three-point field goals, so look for him to get on track as the game goes on. If not, Dallas is in deep trouble.