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Butler, Haywood Keep Save Mavs from Elimination
DALLAS (AP) -- Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood gave the Dallas Mavericks the energy, toughness and scoring they needed, in other words, everything the Mavs expected when they traded for them a few months ago.

Butler scored a career playoff-best 35 points and had 11 rebounds, and Haywood provided a strong inside presence at both ends in his first start of this postseason, keeping the Mavericks alive by leading them to a 103-81 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series.

The Spurs were outplayed most of the first half, but trailed by only seven at halftime. Dallas didn't let them hang around much longer, and soon Spurs coach Gregg Popovich began preparing for Game 6 in San Antonio on Thursday night.

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