Butler eclipses Jordan record as Bulls edge Raptors

Sun Jan 3, 2016 8:31pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Jimmy Butler on Sunday went where no other Chicago Bulls player had been before, not even the legendary Michael Jordan.

The shooting guard scored 40 of his 42 points in the second half -- including the go-ahead jumper with 30.6 seconds remaining -- and the Bulls came back to defeat the Toronto Raptors 115-113 in a game they had trailed by 15.

The 40 points were a Bulls' club record for a half. Jordan set the record with 39 points in the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 16, 1989.

"I'm just happy we won, to tell the truth," Butler said. "I don't want to be compared to (Jordan) because you see what he's done for this game.

"I had no idea (about the record) until somebody told me after the game. I guess somebody will beat it one of these days coming soon."

If Butler tried to downplay his feat, Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg was having none of it.

"I'll say this, it's the best performance I've seen coaching," Hoiberg said.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn't as overjoyed.

"We tried everything and couldn't get him stopped," Casey said. "It still felt like he had control of the game."   Continued...

Jan 3, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) moves around Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports