Butler carries Bulls past Nets
(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago guard Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls withstand some shaky moments by scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter during a wire-to-wire 115-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
After getting 17 in the season opener against Cleveland, Butler led six players in double figures, shooting 9-of-11 and making his final five shots.
"A lot," Butler said when asked how much more energy he had after shadowing LeBron James for 36 minutes in Tuesday's opener.
"But we were making shots tonight so it made it a lot easier to drive to the rim and everybody's taking and making threes, we're hard to guard."
Besides Butler, forward Nikola Mirotic knocked down four of Chicago's 14 three-pointers and added 18 points.
Center Pau Gasol nearly had a double-double with 16 and nine while point guard Derrick Rose consistently attacked the rim and contributed 15 as the Bulls shot 53.8 percent (42-of-78) and made 14-of-28 shots from behind the arc.
While Chicago's offense was flowing, the Nets struggled offensively and dropped their first home opener since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.
Center Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 26 points but was 1-for-6 in the third quarter when the Nets shot 19 percent.
"I'm very disappointed in myself in the first and third quarter," Lopez said. "I don't feel like I played well and it hurt us." Continued...