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Caron Butler blows up late in win

10/8/2010

DALLAS -- Starters usually sit in the fourth quarter of preseason games, but Caron Butler took advantage of the extra minutes.

Butler played the entire fourth quarter of the Mavs' 88-83 win over the Bulls, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the final frame.

Most of Butler's damage came against James Johnson, a former Bulls first-round pick who hasn't exactly blossomed. Butler lit it up for 11 points during a 13-2 run that gave the Mavs control of the game for good.

Butler's fourth-quarter scoring flurry was a mixture of jumpers and free throws. He was 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line in the fourth.

It's not like Butler was the only key Mav who saw extended minutes in the fourth. So did Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and even Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the Mavs' first preseason victory.