NEW ORLEANS --- Lamar Odom finally got an opportunity to show the Dallas Mavericks the old Lamar Odom.
With Dirk Nowitzki sidelined for four games due to a sore right knee, Odom found himself in the starting lineup tonight against the New Orleans Hornets and he responded with a season-high 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting. While playing an abundance of minutes at his natural power forward spot, Odom finally showed Mavs fans the Odom they had grown accustomed to seeing during his past seven years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Odom appeared very comfortable on the court, and the Mavs even went to him three straight trips down the court in the third quarter.
“A lot of what we’re doing is just out of flow, and the ball found him two or three times and he made important plays for us,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our best game is playing out of that dimension and he’s getting a better feel for how to play with our guys, and tonight was a good indication of that.
“He had 16 points and those points were all important points for us.’’
Odom had been struggling since the Mavs acquired him Dec. 10 in a surprising trade with the Lakers. But he has played well lately for the Mavs, who are 100-7 after finishing this road trip with a 2-2 record.
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