The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 114-91 Monday night before 19,521 fans at the American Airlines Center.
Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo celebrated his 25th birthday by going 6-of-8 from deep against Portland on Monday. He finished with a game-high 32 points (12-18 FGs, 6-8 3FGs, 2-2) in 39 minutes against the Blazers. It was the fourth time he’s posted back-to-back 30-point games in his career.
Brandan Wright started at center for the fourth consecutive game and scored his 1,000th career point with a jumper at the 11:14 mark of the fourth quarter. He finished with 10 points on the night and has now scored in double figures in each of Dallas’ first four games of the season. It’s the first time he’s scored in double digits in four straight games in his career.
Mavericks center Chris Kaman made his first six shots against the Blazers on Monday and finished with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
The Mavericks had never shot 60-plus percent from the field in back-to-back games in a single season prior to the last two games vs. Charlotte (11/3/12) and vs. Portland (11/5/12). What’s more, if you combine their field goal percentage over their last two games, it’s 61.4 percent. That’s their highest field goal percentage over a two-game span in a single season in Mavs franchise history.
Mavericks forward Shawn Marion left the game with a sprained left knee and did not return. Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois (left ankle sprain) was inactive for the second consecutive game. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) has yet to play in the 2012-13 regular season.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews scored 20 points apiece for the Blazers in the loss.
The Mavericks’ next game is vs. Toronto on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.