It was a huge night for Jimmy Butler as he scored a career-high 53 points to help the Chicago Bulls come back from a huge hole in the first half to win 115-111 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
76ers Get Out To A Huge Lead
The game could not have started more poorly for the Bulls than it did against Philadelphia. The 76ers shot a high average from the field for most of the first half and shot 62 percent in the first quarter. Philadelphia's bench also stepped up as they scored 25 points in the first half and completely swept Chicago off the court. The lead got as large as 23 points for Philly as it was a 60-46 game in favor off the 76ers at the half.
The Bulls came out with no energy and looked like they did not want any part of this game. The only shining moment came from Butler as he was basically all of Chicago's offense for 90 percent of the game. Butler had 25 points at the end of the first half and he was able to get to the free throw line a lot, as he hit 14 freebies in the first half.
Butler Leads The Comeback Charge For Chicago
The third quarter was a very strong one for the Bulls as they scored 31 points in the quarter and once again, Butler was a big part of it. Butler and Taj Gibson helped lead the charge as Chicago cut the lead down to just two at the end of the third quarter. Chicago's defense also locked down as they allowed just 19 points in the quarter and forced Philadelphia into mistakes a 4-36 team makes.
The team continued to battle as Chicago tried to take the lead. The Bulls finally got the lead with less than three minutes left. Chicago held a 104-101 lead with around 1:17 left and looked to have stole the game, but an Ish Smith three changed all that and tied the game. Chicago had a horrible last possession as Butler was double teamed near the sideline and his pass to Joakim Noah was knocked away and the game went into overtime.
Chicago Pulls Away In Overtime
In overtime the 76ers came out with four quick points and the Bulls looked tired. But E'Twaun Moore stepped up as he scored seven straight for Chicago to give them the lead. Then a Jimmy Butler steal looked to seal the game for Chicago. However, Smith hit a three and suddenly it was game on again. Smith had a chance to tie the game for Philadelphia but his layup went off the rim. Two free throws by the Bulls later and Chicago walked out of Philly with a 115-111 win. It was a great comeback by the Bulls as they dug themselves out of a hole.
Jimmy Butler had 53 points along with 10 rebounds and six assists to lead Chicago and all scorers. Doug McDermott and E'Twaun Moore came off the bench and combined for 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Noah was in the starting lineup and finished with six points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Ish Smith had 24 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and two steals to lead the 76ers. Robert Covington added 25 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas finished with 12 points apiece.
The Bulls will play the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night and the 76ers will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.