DALLAS (AP) — After Vince Carter pumped up the crowd, O.J. Mayo kept knocking down shots.
Mayo scored 30 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Carter got the fans going in Dallas' home opener with a powerful dunk and high-flying block to help the Mavericks remain unbeaten against Charlotte with a 126-99 victory on Saturday night.
"He was locked in," Carter said of Mayo. "He was worried about his shot a couple of days ago, and even early in the game. And I just said, 'Just shoot. Just shoot it like you're 5 for 5 instead of 1 for 5.'"
Mayo fed off Carter, too. He had a three-point play and his first 3-pointer less than a minute after Carter's emphatic first-quarter dunk — reminiscent of his "Vinsanity" days — over Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo.
Carter then brought fans to their feet again by chasing down Kemba Walker and sending his breakaway layup attempt into the stands in the second quarter.
Dallas, which improved to 16-0 all-time against Charlotte, trailed 53-52 when Mayo put the Mavericks ahead for good on a 3-pointer with 1:01 left in the first half. Shawn Marion followed with a three-point play, and Darren Collison hit a running 34-footer at the buzzer for a 61-53 lead.
Collison started the second half with another 3-pointer, and Mayo finished the 24-8 run with a 3 that made it 76-61. The Mavericks scored 36 points in the third quarter after getting outscored by Utah 37-13 in that period in their first loss Thursday.
"Once we got on the plane, a couple of us popped in the film and saw that our energy, effort, we were so casual during the entire third quarter, so we wanted to come out with an attack mentality and really just get after it," Mayo said.
Carter had 18 points, and the 14-year veteran was 4 of 8 from 3-point range. The Mavs had 16 3-pointers as Rick Carlisle became the third coach to win 200 games with Dallas. Don Nelson (339) and original Mavericks coach Dick Motta (329) are the others.
"You make 16 3s, you're not going to lose many games, and it was a bit of a deodorant for some of our other transgressions," Carlisle said. "We look to make strides, mild as they may be, and get better."
Ramon Sessions led Charlotte with 22 points. Former Mavericks center Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Dallas center Chris Kaman made his debut as a reserve. He got off to a slow start after missing two weeks with a strained right calf, but he was a different player in the second half. He made all five of his shots in the third quarter, including an alley-oop dunk on one of Collison's 10 assists, and finished with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting.