All-Star guard Jimmy Butler has taken over as the Chicago Bulls' leading star early this NBA season. If there were any remaining doubt about his importance to the team, he erased it in Thursday's visit to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Butler set a new career-high and matched Stephen Curry's NBA season-high scoring output of 53 points (15-of-30 FG, 21-of-25 FT) in Chicago's 115-111 overtime win. The Bulls trailed by as many as 24 points midway through the second quarter before taking back control against the team with the league's worst record. The Bulls also trailed by 10 early in the fourth before Butler and E'Twaun Moore (who scored seven of his 14 in overtime) took over to capture the win.
Butler's outburst ranks as just one of his notable scoring performances this season, including a franchise-record 40-point second half against the Toronto Raptors a few weeks ago. He already has seven 30-point games this season —Read More »from Jimmy Butler's 53 lead Bulls' comeback over Sixers in OT win