Butler breaks Jordan’s record
TORONTO –– Jimmy Butler was apparently plotting his revenge when he was in the locker-room having his split lip stitched up.
Butler scored 40 points in the second half last night to break Michael Jordan’s record for points in a half by a Bull, propelling Chicago to an 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
“I was mad,” Butler said, about the first-half knock to the lip that required one stitch and left Air Canada Centre staff cleaning the blood on the floor during a timeout. “I just came out and was aggressive after that.”
The Raptors had no answer.
“We tried everybody and everything, and couldn’t get him stopped,” coach Dwane Casey said.
DeMar DeRozan topped Toronto (21-14) with 24 points, while Kyle Lowry added 22 points and 10 assists in the Raptors’ last home game for two weeks. Luis Scola had 22 points, Cory Joseph finished with 13 and DeMarre Carroll added 10. Carroll was making a layup when he split Butler’s lip.
Jordan’s record was 39 points in the second half versus Milwaukee in 1989.
Pau Gasol added 19 points for a Bulls team (20-12) missing star point guard Derrick Rose (hamstring injury).
Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 in New York.
Afflalo was 14 for 17 from the field and 7 for 8 from 3-point range, making his first seven attempts and nearing his career best of 43 points.
Paul Millsap scored 19 points and Kent Bazemore had 18 for the Hawks.
In Washington Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 18 and the Miami Heat dominated the undermanned Washington Wizards in a 97-75 victory.
With just nine healthy players, Washington was outscored in the second quarter 25-7. The Wizards missed 20 of their 22 field goal attempts as the Heat took a 50-31 halftime lead.
John Wall, who led Washington with 14 points, hit just six of his 21 field goal attempts.
In Los Angeles Lou Williams scored a season-high 30 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers sent Phoenix to its ninth straight loss with a 97-77 rout of the cold-shooting Suns.
Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points and tied a season high with his second straight 14-rebound game.
Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game because of a sore right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Brandon Knight had 25 points, nine assists and three rebounds for the Suns, who shot 36 per cent from the field and trailed by as many as 38 points en route to their 21st loss in 27 games since beating the Lakers at Phoenix on November 16.
In Denver CJ McCollum had 25 points and seven assists, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 112-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Gerald Henderson scored 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 14 for Portland, which has won four of its last five. Allen Crabbe also scored 14 points.
The Trail Blazers used good guard play to beat the Nuggets in Portland on Wednesday, and it was more of the same Sunday.
Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 29 points in his second game back from a sprained left ankle. Denver has lost six straight.