Jimmy Butler took an elbow to the face from Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll in the second quarter Sunday night. The Bulls shooting guard required stitches, but the bloody lip got him fired up for the rest of the game.
Butler scored 40 of his 42 points in the second half, breaking Chicago's franchise record for points in a half, according to CSNChicago.com
The previous record of 39 points in a half was set by Michael Jordan himself back in 1989.
The Bulls had trailed the Raptors by as many as 15 points before Butler led them back to a 115-113 win. His performance was especially important given significant holes in Chicago's lineup. Guard Derrick Rose, center Joakim Noah, and shooting guard Mike Dunleavy were all out due to injury.
Teammate Taj Gibson said Butler “came back a man possessed.”
But after the game, Butler didn't want to hear comparisons to Jordan.
"I don’t want to be compared to him because you’ve seen what he’s done for this game," Butler said.
A 20-12 record puts the Bulls in second place in the Eastern Conference, well ahead of the 11th place Wizards (15-17). Chicago will travel to Washington January 11 for the first of three meetings between the two teams.
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