Jimmy Butler impressed for the Chicago Bulls.

Jimmy Butler's explosive half powers the Chicago Bulls to victory

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Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan's franchise record for points in one half as he registered 40 of his 42-point haul after the break to power the Chicago Bulls to a 115-113 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Jordan had set the record at 39 playing against Milwaukee in 1989. To beat him, Butler shot 14 of 19 in the second half, and his three-pointer with 30.9 seconds left put the Bulls in front for the first time in the second half. Butler then finished the job from the free-throw line.

It was a fourth straight win for the Bulls, who are looking to catch the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division.

The Miami Heat moved to the top of the Southeast Division with a 97-75 win over the Washington Wizards as Chris Bosh scored 23 and Goran Dragic added 18.

Miami moved above Atlanta, who suffered a 111-97 loss to New York as Arron Affalo hit his first seven three-point attempts on his way to a season-high 38 points for the Knicks.

Lou Williams had a season-high 30 points as the Los Angeles Lakers condemned the Phoenix Suns to a ninth straight loss, 97-77.

It was a third straight win for the Lakers, who were without Kobe Bryant for a second game in a row as he nurses a sore shoulder.

CJ McCollum's 25 points paced the Portland Trail Blazers in a 112-16 win over the Denver Nuggets.


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