Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan’s team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break Sunday to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 115-113 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.
Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1989.
“Don’t compare me to him,” Butler said. “I don’t want to be compared to him because then people are going to think I’ve got to do what he did. I’m trying, but we’re nowhere near the same player.”
One of Jordan’s teammates was pretty impressed, though.
“What a performance by @JimmyButler. You don’t see individual efforts like this too often,” Scottie Pippen said on Twitter.
Butler shot 14 for 19 in the final two quarters after a one-for-four start. Pau Gasol had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago won its fourth straight, beating Toronto for the second time in a week and a seventh consecutive time overall.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 24 points.
Portland 112, at Denver 106: C.J. McCollum had 25 points and seven assists, helping the Trail Blazers win for the fourth time in five games. McCollum continued his strong season with his fourth straight game of 25 or more points for the Blazers, who also beat the Nuggets on Wednesday in Portland. Denver lost its six straight, but was relieved to have forward Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup one night after he was removed from the court on a stretcher following an overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. Faried spent the night in a hospital after taking an elbow to the back of the neck while fighting for a rebound late in Saturday night’s game. He flew to Denver on Sunday afternoon.
at New York 111, Atlanta 97: Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points for the Knicks, making his first seven shots and 14 of 17 overall, including seven of eight from three-point range. Afflalo fell five points shy of his career best of 43, and the Knicks improved to 8-2 when he scores 15 or more points.
Miami 97, at Washington 75: Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 18 and the Heat dominated the undermanned Wizards, who had only nine players available because of injuries. Washington was outscored 25-7 in the second quarter and shot 34.1% for the game. Its 75 points were a season low, and the fewest Miami has allowed in a game this season.
at Lakers 97, Phoenix 77