The Chicago Bulls returned to winning ways by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 115-111 in overtime. Jimmy Butler notched a career-high 53 points as the Bulls overcame a 24-point deficit to clinch a win.
Butler, who was questionable for the game, became the fourth player of the franchise to reach the 50-point mark. Butler narrowly missed legendary Michael Jordan’s franchise record, going 21-for-25 from the line. He missed two, which could have landed him the record.
Doug McDermott added 17 more to the winner’s tally, E’Twaun Moore scored 10 of his 14 down the stretch in the final quarter and OT.
Ish Smith took a drive in the final seconds of overtime but missed. McDermott then scored from two free throws to win it.
Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Butler joined their group for posting 40-plus in three games in this season.
“I don’t look at it that way,” Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said, when asked if he’s finding it hard to coach this team. “I try to approach it with you have to work on the things that are important. We try to hit on that stuff every day, knowing there are going to be ups and downs over the course of a season.”