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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Mayo powers Mavericks past Blazers on 25th birthday
DALLAS — O.J. Mayo is feeling right at home with the Dallas Mavericks.
Mayo celebrated his 25th birthday with 32 points, his second consecutive 30-point home game to start the season, and the Mavericks used a fourth-quarter surge to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-91 on Monday night.
Chris Kaman and Darren Collison are also fitting in with the Mavericks, who are still without injured star Dirk Nowitzki.
Collison had his second consecutive double-double with 14 points, 13 assists and only one turnover. Kaman scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
"In the offseason, the Mavericks lost some good players, but we also got some good players. I think some underrated players," Kaman said. "Some guys can really score the basketball on this team and are very creating, starting with Darren and O.J."
Mayo made six 3-pointers and capped his night with a running dunk with 1:18 left. After shooting 7-for-22 in his first two Dallas games on the road, he is 22 of 35 at home with 13 3-pointers.
The Trail Blazers, coached by Terry Stotts, a Mavericks assistant the past four seasons under Rick Carlisle, were within 85-83 with 10:17 left.
But Kaman, who was 8-of-9 shooting in his Dallas debut Saturday after missing the first two games with a strained right calf, made a key 5.2-meter jumper. That was the sixth consecutive shot he made Monday, and it started a game-ending 29-8 run.
"Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job defensively. I think Dallas put on a flow clinic in the second half," said Stotts, who was the Mavs' primary offensive coach. "The ball was moving, they were setting good screens. They made their shots, got to the rim."
LaMarcus Aldridge, a Dallas native, and Wesley Matthews had 20 points each for Portland. Nicholas Batum had 14 points, while J.J. Hickson grabbed 11 rebounds.
Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard had 13 points and five assists in his fourth NBA game. He had two quick fouls and missed extending some historic achievements.
Lillard had matched Geoff Petrie as the only players in Portland history to score 20 or more points in his first three games. He had joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and seven assists in his first three career games.
Cavaliers 108, Clippers 101
In Los Angeles, rookie Dion Waiters hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, helping Cleveland stave off a fourth-quarter rally by the Clippers.
Kyrie Irving added 24 points, rookie Tyler Zeller had 15 points and Anderson Varejao had 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Cavs snapped a two-game skid.
Waiters set career highs in points and 3-pointers in his fourth NBA game.
Blake Griffin scored 20 points, Jamal Crawford added 19 and Chris Paul had 17 for Los Angeles, which lost its second straight after opening the season with two wins in a row.
Knicks 110, 76ers 88
In Philadelphia, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead New York to a win over the 76ers.
Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season.
Kings 94, Warriors 92
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Kings held off Golden State to avoid an 0-4 start.
Cousins outworked slow-footed Andrew Bogut and every other Warriors big man to help Sacramento score 16 straight points during the third quarter and bust open a tie game.
Heat 124, Suns 99
In Miami, LeBron James had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and the Heat beat Phoenix, using a 23-6 run in the third quarter to put the game away.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and Ray Allen had 15 for the Heat.
Allen became the 24th player in NBA history to eclipse the 23,000-point mark when he made a free throw with 1:01 left in the third quarter.
Shannon Brown led Phoenix with 18 points off the bench, making five 3-pointers. Luis Scola had 15 points, Goran Dragic finished with 13 points and nine assists, and Marcin Gortat scored 12 for the Suns. Former Shiga Lakestars big man Luke Zeller added seven points on 3-for-3 shooting.
Timberwolves 107, Nets 96
In New York, rookie guard Alexey Shved and Chase Budinger led a furious rally from 22 points down, and Minnesota stunned Brooklyn.
Grizzlies 103, Jazz 94
In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 22 points and the hosts capped a day of celebration by beating Utah.
Spurs 101, Pacers 79
In San Antonio, Gary Neal scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Spurs set a franchise record for best start to a season with their fourth straight win.