OKLAHOMA CITY -- OJ Mayo had another rough outing for the Dallas Mavericks during Thursday night's 111-105 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mayo was just 1-of-7 from the field and had more (turnovers (six) than points (four). For a player who was on pace earlier to perhaps get a reserve spot on the Western Conference All-Star squad, Mayo is just 10-of-40 from the field, 2-of-16 from three-point range and tallied just 29 points over the past four games.
But coach Rick Carlisle plans to stick by his shooting guard, hopeful that he'll soon snap out of his slump.
"We win and lose as a team,'' Carlisle said. "Individual guys struggle -- that's going to happen during an NBA season.
"And when it does I've got to help those guys do better. It's on me.''
Despite his poor shooting, Mayo had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled by Kevin Martin while attempting a three-point shot with 33.2 seconds left in overtime and the Mavs trailing 107-104. But Mayo rimmed the first two free throws before making the last one, and OKC closed the scoring on a pair of free throws each by Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.
-- Dwain Price
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