Jimmy Butler Scores 40 2nd Half Points, Breaking Michael Jordan’s Franchise Record
Jimmy Butler asked reporters not to compare him to Michael Jordan after he made Chicago Bulls history during the Bulls win over the Raptors on Sunday. Too bad! That’s not going to happen.
“Don’t compare me to him,” Butler said after breaking Michael Jordan’s franchise record of 39 points in a half with 40. “I don’t want to be compared to him because then people are going to think I got to do what he did. I’m trying, but we’re nowhere near the same player.”
Maybe. Maybe not. But even Michael Jordan’s best teammate ever was impressed with Butler connecting on 14 of 19 shots in the final 2 quarters after only scoring 2 points in the first two.
“What a performance by Jimmy Butler. You don’t see individual efforts like this too often,” Scottie Pippen said via Twitter.
And Butler’s coach was even more impressed.
“I’ll say this: It’s the best performance I’ve seen coaching,” said Fred Hoiberg.
And the performance can be credited to the Raptors’ DeMarre Carroll who accidentally elbowed Butler in the 2nd quarter.
“I was mad but I just came out and was just aggressive,” Butler said of the blow which required a stitch in his mouth.
Aggressive might be an understatement for what the Butler did, which will unfortunately create lots of GOAT comparisons today.
Only 3 players have scored more points in a 2nd half (no OTs) since MJ’s retirement from the Bulls in 97: Michael Redd (42), Brandon Jennings (45) and Kobe Bryant (55). Kobe’s 55 also came against the Toronto Raptors and during that same month (January of 2006), he had a 40 point 2nd half vs the Clippers.