Swingman leaves game with soreness

Updated: November 12, 2009, 10:12 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Josh Howard's return from surgery on his left ankle hit a speed bump Wednesday night.

Howard, playing in games on back-to-back nights for the first time since having the minor reconstructive surgery in May, lasted only a few minutes in the second half of the Dallas Mavericks' 92-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Coach Rick Carlisle benched Howard because he noticed the swingman was limping. Howard, who made his season debut during Saturday night's win ...

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