No Wade. No Rondo. No problemo. Jimmy Butler was a one-man show on Sunday, scoring a season-high 52 points on 15 of 24 shooting and 21 of 22 from the free throw line in a 118-111 win over the Hornets. He also scored 17 of the Bulls’ final 21 points and made fantasy owners happy by racking up 12 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.
“I was just playing basketball,” said Butler, who was just a single point away from his career-high. “I didn’t even know how many points I had. I just had a groove. Coach kept drawing up the same play.”
Coach was a little more impressed sounding than Butler.
“It’s an understatement to say he was phenomenal. He did it in any which way,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He just took what the defense gave him and obviously made huge plays down the stretch.”
With this performance, Butler now ranks second in the Bulls organization in 50-point games; I’m sure you can guess the name of the guy in first place with 30. Jordan also had 10 50 & 10 game and two 60 & 10.