Video: O.J. Mayo takes over in the 4th vs. the Rockets

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

O.J. Mayo had a really great rookie year. People tend to forget this after he fell out of favor when Lionel Hollins took over. It wasn't anything in particular about either man. It was just one of those situation where player and coach didn't click. The result was a slow fall from grace for a player who averaged 18 points per game his rookie season.

But all that's changed since Mayo got to Dallas.

With Dirk Nowitzki still trying to get his knee and conditioning right after surgery, the Mavericks need a go-to scorer, and they have gone to Mayo. As a result, the perimeter threat is averaging 20 points a game this season with 4 rebounds and 4 assists on a career-high 47 percent shooting, 51 percent from three. And against the Rockets, in a game where the Mavericks badly needed someone to step up and help Dallas close out a division rival on the road, Mayo did work.

He topped off his career-high-matching 40 points with a blistering assault in the 4th. Watch.

That's pretty mean Juice right there.

Dallas would go on to win 116-109.

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