O.J. Mayo posts 25-3-5 line with five treys (Nov 1 12:00 ET )
O.J. Mayo continued to put distance between his fat days and his skinny days with another solid effort on Friday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including five threes) with three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes.
The sellout crowd gave star rookie Jabari Parker the biggest pregame cheers. Veteran guard O.J. Mayo ended up having the biggest night. Under new ownership, the new-look Milwaukee Bucks got off to a good start in coach Jason Kidd's sideline debut at the Bradley Center. Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks pulled away with an 11-0 run over the final 8:21 in a 93-81 win Friday night over the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener.
O.J. Mayo scored all 11 points in the first quarter against the Wolves on Wednesday to go with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes.
The Scoop:He's playing a lot better and looks like a new player. Mayo is coming off a two-game span with 21.5 points per game and it looks like he might be one year late to the party. Obviously, we're still going to see a lot more out of him, but fantasy owners should watch him closely. Plus, the Bucks need a shooting guard.
After a 120-107 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday that saw them allow a Bucks club expected to rank among the NBA's very worst teams this season to shoot 60 percent from the floor, the New York Knicks knew it was time to face the music when they spoke with reporters. Knicks guard Iman Shumpert seemed to take the "time" and "face" parts pretty seriously: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Iman Shumpert is wearing a clock hat. pic.twitter.com/szznEUv4Qd — Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) October 21, 2014 Yep, that's a clock on the front of Shump's chapeau. It appeared to be fully functioning and operational , although it didn't show the correct post-game time in New York City . Shump really ought to remember to wind his hat before meeting the press. As you might expect, the guard's startling "Alice in Wonderland" mash - up led to some questions . The intrepid lot at Knicks blog Posting and Toasting report that the clock hats are a Chicago thing — Shump grew up in Oak Park — and that they're referred to as "buck 50 hats" because you needed $150 to afford one . (A little bit of Internet searching supports this.) These days, Shump can certainly afford to rock a status-symbol timepiece on his noggin; one can only imagine what kind of grandfather-clock-type steez he'll bring out if he gets an extension of his 2011 rookie contract before the Oct. 31 deadline (although it doesn't seem likely that he will ). The cap offered something of a welcome distraction and laugh after a rough showing against Milwaukee, in which seven Bucks scored in double-figures, led by O.J. Mayo's 24 points (6-for-10 shooting from 3-point land) off the bench. Shumpert, expected to be one of the most significant bellwethers for a Knicks team looking to return to the playoffs after a disappointing 2013-14 season, missed eight of his 10 field-goal attempts, finishing with six points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 1/2 minutes in the loss. “We let them dictate the pace of the game," Shumpert said, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post . Knicks fans everywhere had better hope Derek Fisher's crew can find a more metronome-steady rhythm and Swiss-watch synchronicity by the time the regular season starts next week. May Shumpert's hat inspire them all. The most crucial post-script to the story comes from Scott Cacciola of the New York Times: Carmelo declined comment on Iman's hat. — Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) October 21, 2014 That's probably for the best. Y'know, "without sin," "first stone" and all. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.