Chicago. Jimmy Butler put up his second double-double this season, scoring 27 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors, 129-120 on Tuesday morning.
The Bulls were on fire in this one, going 40-74 (54.1%) from the field, including 6-12 (50.0%) from three-point range. Chicago (18-9) has now won three in a row.
Butler finished 7-16 from the field (2-3 on 3-pointers) and 11-11 from the free throw line. He also added five blocks and four assists. Other top contributors for Chicago included Pau Gasol with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Taj Gibson with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Kyle Lowry had another quality performance for Toronto in the loss, scoring 34 points on 12-22 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-10 from the free throw line. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds and Patrick Patterson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Bulls combined an eFG% of 58.1% with 50.0% 3-point shooting.
They are undefeated (3-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics.
The Raptors, on the other hand, are 3-1 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
NBA results, Tuesday
Nuggets 82-110 Hornets
Raptors 120-129 Bulls
Blazers 95-110 Rockets
Jazz 97-91 Grizzlies
Hawks 105-102 Mavericks
Clippers 118-125 Spurs
Kings 108-128 Warriors
SOURCE: Daily Monitor