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
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.