NBA career highlight No. 1 for Mayo: 69-footer in Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Mayo, the third overall pick in last month's draft, made the most spectacular shot of his career Monday night at the NBA Summer League.
The Memphis Grizzlies guard converted a desperation three-quarter-court shot from 69 feet to beat the first-quarter buzzer against San Antonio. Mayo, who shot it with both hands from straight away, rattled it through the rim.
"I thought it wasn't going to make it to the rim," Mayo said. "I was surprised. After practices recently, we have been practicing half-court shots. I made a few there, and now I made one in a game."
Mayo, the highest draft pick playing at the 21-team Summer League -- he was taken with the third pick by Minnesota and then had his rights dealt to Memphis -- finished with 18 points on 5-for-17 shooting from the field in a 78-76 loss to the Spurs. Mayo was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and had six rebounds.
The Grizzlies and Mayo were playing their fourth game in four days, while the Spurs were making their debut in their four-game Las Vegas visit.
"My body was a little bit sore," Mayo said. "I was getting the shots that I wanted."
Mayo's last field goal, a 3-pointer from the right arc with 3.1 seconds left in the game, cut San Antonio's lead to 77-76.
Besides Mayo's shot, fellow teammate and first-round pick Darrell Arthur from Kansas highlighted the Memphis show. Arthur, who was drafted by Houston 27th and then had his rights dealt to the Grizzlies, had 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field.
"He's a good player," Mayo said. "He plays hard. He's fresh off the national championship. He brings a winning mentality."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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