Jimmy Butler Breaks Michael Jordan’s Bulls Franchise Record for Points in a Half

January 3rd, 2016 by Mike Norris Leave a reply »

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler set a franchise record Sunday with 40 points in the second half of a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors, per Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com.

The previous record of 39 was set by none other than Michael Jordan, and Bleacher Report shared this graphic depicting the two Bulls stars:

Butler, who was averaging 21.1 points per game heading into the contest, finished with 42 points, five assists and four rebounds.

His amazing second half not only gave him the record, but it helped Chicago overcome a 12-point halftime deficit. His free throw with four seconds remaining pushed the lead to two, before Toronto's DeMar DeRozan missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Twenty-five seconds earlier, Butler nailed this three-point shot that turned a two-point deficit into a 112-111 lead that Chicago did not relinquish:

As K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune noted, the 26-year-old guard's night mirrored Jordan's franchise-record performance:  

One of Butler's teammates, Taj Gibson, was ...

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