Jimmy Butler Drops Season-High 40 On Lakers After Telling His Coach He Was Going For 40

Published on November 21st, 2016 by Astramskas, David | 710 views

On November 20th of 1992, the LA Forum crowd got to watch Michael Jordan drop 54 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks against the Lakers. Jordan’s 54 was a career-high against the Lakers but unfortunately for the Bulls, the performance came in a loss, snapping the Bulls’ six game win streak.

On November 20th of 2016, the LA Staples Center crowd got to watch Jimmy Butler drop a season-high 40 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists against the Lakers. Like Mike, the 40 was a career-high against the Lakers; unlike MJ, Butler was able to leave LA with a victory.

Like Mike, Butler did a pretty Jordanesque thing before theĀ 118-110 win.

“He told me before the game, `Coach, I’m going for 40 tonight,’ and he did it.” said Coach Fred Hoiberg.

Butler is just the 4th Chicago Bull to ever score 40 against the Lakers: Bob Boozer (67), Don Kojis (67), Jordan (86, 88, 92) and Scottie Pippen (95) are the other three. Butler’s performance was also very similar to Jordan’s game in 88.

  • Jordan: 42 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists (11-23 fg)
  • Butler: 40 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists (14-23 fg)


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