After last Tuesday’s home loss to Milwaukee, during which O.J. Mayo had a team-high five turnovers, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “I think the important thing that O.J.’s got to understand is he’s got to keep the game simple. He’s not a creator.”
Well, on Wednesday night, playing with a taped up sprained thumb on his shooting hand, Mayo did in fact play the role of creator. He posted a career-high 12 assists while committing zero turnovers in Dallas’ 112-108 victory over Houston at American Airlines Center.
“My thumb is a little messed up, so I probably didn’t feel real comfortable shooting the ball,” Mayo said. “I just wanted to get in there and make a simple play.”
Carlisle called it Mayo’s “best game of the year. Not even close.”
Recall that Mayo had a 40-point game against the Rockets earlier this season in Houston. He took only 10 shots Wednesday, but of his 13 points, seven came during the fourth quarter. His 3-pointer with 3:14 left gave Dallas a 105-104 lead, and his 22-footer with 2:29 left pushed the Mavericks’ advantage to 107-104.
Mayo smiled when asked if he begs to differ with Carlisle’s assertion that he’s not a creator.
“Nah,” Mayo said. “I’m a scorer first, and he said to keep that mentality. But some nights they’re going to scout me well and I’ve got to be able to put guys in the best situation for them to be successful offensively.”
O.J. Mayo’s 12-assists, no-turnover night impresses Rick Carlisle
Dallas Morning News | Mar 7