Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/9/12
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Hold the Mayo There were two players that were seeing a major increase in role entering this season and a chance to really find their way in the NBA. James Harden went from the best player off the bench for the Thunder to the lead player for a young Rockets team with Playoff dreams. It is the kind of step-up in role and challenge that a bench player like Harden wants. There is still so much he could in his career. O.J. Mayo was looking for the same thing when he moved on to Dallas. The Mavericks would still have Dirko Nowitzki to carry the offensive load and the expectations that come with a veteran team. But injuries to Dirk turned the team over to Mayo in the early part of the season. Saturday he certainly delivered. Mayo scored 40 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, as Dallas topped James Harden, and his 39 points and nine asissts for Houston, in a 116-109 win. T...
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