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NBA: Bulls edge Hawks with a strong finish from Jimmy Butler

NBA: Bulls edge Hawks with a strong finish from Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler made two free throws with 2.1 seconds to play to help the host Chicago Bulls defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 106-104, on Saturday.

Butler finished with 33 points. He scored the Bulls’ final nine points. His free throws gave the Bulls a two-point lead and capped a 15-4 run.

It was the third consecutive victory for the Bulls, who are tied with Miami and Indiana for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

“I see guys doing what they're supposed to be doing — playing hard, shooting the ball when they're open, not trying to do too much,” Butler said. “That's what we need.”

The sixth-place Hawks, who had won two consecutive games after dropping...

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