The Grizzlies, however, have lost six straight in Cleveland and will try to snap that streak Saturday night.
“He makes shots,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “That’s what he does. He’s a shot-maker. He came out aggressive and made them.”
Mayo, who is averaging 12.8 points in four games against the Cavaliers, has been used in a reserve role during the Grizzlies’ three-game winning streak after starting the season’s first 13 games.
“In practice we do a good job now of pushing the first team, understanding we are the second team, but we ain’t no slouches,” Mayo said. “We’re coming into work every day. They kind of call us the Goon Squad.
“We’re coming in and working hard every day, and if Coach looks down the line to one of the guys on the second team, he’s not afraid to put us in because we’ve already prepared ourselves in practice.”
The Grizzlies are scoring 104.4 points per game at home compared to 97.3 on the road, where they have lost five of seven.
They should be able to keep up with the Cavaliers, though, who are registering 91.9 points at Quicken Loans Arena.
“It seemed like every time we made that run, they would hit another big shot,” said Daniel Gibson(notes). “It is a credit to those guys for being resilient and not allowing us to get back into the game and make it close.”
Cleveland managed to reach 100 points for the first time in four games, but has lost six of eight, and the frustration has started to mount for coach Byron Scott.
“It’s hard when you’re playing against eight people,” Scott said after the loss to the Magic. “There are five white jerseys and three with stripes. It’s hard to play against all of them out there.”
Jamison could be in line for another big game, as he is averaging 23.1 points in his last 22 games against Memphis.
Since coming to Cleveland in 2008-09, Williams has averaged 18.0 points against the Grizzlies while shooting 52.9 percent from 3-point range.
Cleveland hasn’t lost to Memphis at home since a 122-115 double overtime defeat Nov. 29, 2003.