Jimmy Butler Carries Bulls Over Sixers With 53 Points
After missing a shoot-around with a sprained right ankle, Jimmy Butler would go on to play the evening game against the Philadelphia 76ers ... and went off for career-high 53 points.
The performance matched the NBA season-high, and carried the Chicago Bulls to a 115-111 overtime victory.
The Bulls were on the verge of losing, but Butler's 25 first-half points kept the team in striking distance. Then, he added 28 points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter to save the Bulls from an embarrassing loss.
"Obviously, Jimmy throws up a career game like that and the guys hopped on his shoulders and he carried us home," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
The 53-point game was the third this season -- joining Golden State's Steph Curry (53) and Houston's James Harden (50). Butler also became just the fourth player in Bulls history to score at least 50 points... joining Michael Jordan, Chet Walker and Jamal Crawford.
Butler also had 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.