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Ex-Wizards cast winning spell for Mavs

Butler, Haywood put it all together to keep Spurs from making season disappear

Updated: April 28, 2010, 12:48 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has delivered messages to the boys from Washington through playing time. Brendan Haywood lost his starting job down the stretch of the regular season, and Caron Butler suffered the ignominy of being benched the entire second half of a playoff game.

In Tuesday's do-or-die Game 5, both delivered resounding messages of their own with their best performances as Mavericks. Butler, who has been getting ripped in the local press -- and even by a Wizards ...

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