O.J. Mayo's first game in Memphis as an opposing player for the first time wasn't close to being a masterpiece. The fifth-year guard scored only 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and committed five turnovers as the Grizzlies defeated the Dallas Mavericks 92-82 Friday night at FedEx Forum. Shadowed all night by Tony Allen, Mayo scored only one point in the first half and missed all four of his field-goal attempts. Mayo didn't make his first field goal until the 4:24 mark of the third quarter, after misfiring on his first five attempts. "I struggled a little bit and turned the ball over," Mayo said. "It was kind of hard getting into the groove, obviously." Mayo spent his first four seasons with the Grizzlies. He was a starter the first two seasons before coming off the bench the past two. But the Grizzlies declined to pick up the $7.3 million qualifying offer on Mayo's contract, making him a free agent in July. The Mavericks signed Mayo to a two-year, $8.2 million contract, with the second year a player's option. Someone asked Mayo if it was intimidating returning to Memphis against a team that knows his game so well. "Not intimidating, it's just basketball, baby," Mayo said. "I'm not going to a fight. But it was a little different. They know my tendencies, and it was pretty much, 'O.J. is not going to get anything and make the other guys make some plays.'" Mayo received a standing ovation from the crowd during pregame introductions. After that, Allen was so close to him the rest of the night that he probably followed him to the Mavericks' bench.
O.J. Mayo scores 10 in return to Memphis
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Dec 22