Earl Boykins returned after a one-game
suspension to score a season-high 26 points and the Milwaukee Bucks
beat the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks 99-87 on Saturday night.
Missing Dirk Nowitzki for the third consecutive game because of
a sprained right knee and Shawn Marion with a thigh injury, the
Mavericks suffered another blow when Caron Butler injured his right
knee with 2:47 left in the first quarter. The trio averages just
over 50 points.
Butler, averaging 15.4 points, stayed on the floor for a couple
of minutes before limping off the court to the locker room. The
extent of his injury was not immediately known.
With all those injured players, Dallas turned to reserve guard
Jose Barea, who scored a career-high 29 points in 35 minutes. It
was the third consecutive loss for the Mavericks.
John Salmons scored 21 points for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova
had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.