The Dallas Mavericks suffered a big blow when they lost 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki to knee surgery. O.J. Mayo's play of late has made Nowitzki's absence a little easier to withstand.
Having scored 30 or more points in consecutive games, Mayo will try to keep that streak going Wednesday night against the visiting Toronto Raptors.
The Mavericks (3-1) signed Mayo with the hopes of capturing their second NBA title in three seasons but Dallas first has to weather the loss of Nowitzki, who is expected to miss the next six weeks. The team will also play without starting forward Shawn Marion for at least three games because of a sprained left knee ligament.
Mayo has done his best to try to fill that large scoring void over the past two games. He had 30 points in a 126-99 win over Charlotte on Saturday and scored a season-high 32 in a 114-91 victory against Portland on Monday, his 25th birthday.
"Obviously, (Nowitzki's) our franchise player," Mayo said. "With him going down, we under...