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Caron Butler is injured as Mavericks lose again

Forward hurts knee in first quarter of 99-87 loss to Bucks.

January 01, 2011

Earl Boykins returned after a one-game suspension to score a season-high 26 points and the Bucks beat the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks, 99-87, Saturday night in Milwaukee.

Missing Dirk Nowitzki for the third consecutive game because of a sprained right knee and Shawn Marion because of a thigh injury, the Mavericks suffered another blow when starting forward Caron Butler injured his right knee in the first quarter. The extend of his injury wasn't immediately known.

Dallas lost its third in a row.

at San Antonio 101, Oklahoma City 74: Tim Duncan scored 21 points for the Spurs, who followed up wins over the Lakers and Dallas with a rout of another West power and improved their NBA-best record to 29-4, one the 10 best starts in league history.

at Miami 114, Golden State 107: LeBron James had 25 points and 10 assists, and the Heat overcame a 20-point second-quarter deficit to win for the 17th time in 18 games.

at Denver 104, Sacramento 86: Carmelo Anthony, rusty in his return after a two-week absence following the death of his sister, had 16 points for the Nuggets.

at Chicago 100, Cleveland 91: Derrick Rose had 28 points and 11 assists, and the Bulls won for the 13th time in 15 games. The Cavaliers have lost 16 of 17.

at Minnesota 103, New Jersey 88: Kevin Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won three of four.

New Orleans 92, at Washington 81: Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 22 points, and Chris Paul had 13 points, 11 assists and seven steals for the Hornets.

at Utah 98, Memphis 92: Paul Millsap scored 22 points and Deron Williams had 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz hold off the Grizzlies.

—associated press

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