BULLS’ BUTLER SCORES 40 IN FIRST HALF TO PASS M.J.
toronto» Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan’s team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Bulls over the Raptors 115-113 on Sunday.
Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1988. Butler shot 14of-19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in the Bulls’ fourth straight win.
Pau Gasol had his 17th doubledouble of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago beat Toronto for the second time in a week and a seventh consecutive time overall.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 24 points and Kyle Lowry had his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 assists, while Luis Scola also had 22 points for Toronto.
The Raptors haven’t beaten the Bulls since Dec. 31, 2013.
Trailing 60-48 at halftime, Butler took over in the third to get Chicago within six. He scored 21 points, the most points the Raptors have given up to a player in one quarter all season.
Arron Afflalo scored a seasonhigh 38 points and the Knicks beat the Hawks 111-97. Afflalo was 14-for-17 from the field and 7-for-8 from 3-point range, making his first seven attempts and nearing his career best of 43 points. The Knicks improved to 8-2 when Afflalo scores 15 or more points. They jumped to an 11-2 advantage and led most of the way in bouncing back from their franchise-worst fourth quarter in a loss at Chicago on Friday. … Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 18 and the Heat dominated the undermanned Wizards in a 97-75 victory. With just nine healthy players, Washington was outscored in the second quarter 25-7. … Lou Williams scored a season-high 30 points, and the Lakers sent Phoenix to its ninth straight loss with a 97-77 rout of the coldshooting Suns. The Lakers, coming off victories over Boston and Philadelphia, have won three in a row for the first time since Feb. 22-27 against Boston, Utah and Milwaukee. Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game because of a sore right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.