Jimmy Butler drops 40 points on the Lakers; another Russell Westbrook triple-double

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Bulls (9-5) 118, Lakers (7-7) 110

The Lakers remain a 500. team after the Bulls came to the Staples Center and got the job done, continuing their impressive start to the season that precious few expected.

Jimmy Butler dropped 40 points on the Purple and Gold and he was operating at the two spot in the absence of Dwyane Wade, who was rested. Taj Gibson and Nicola Mirotic contributing 15 points each to secure the win.

For the Lakers, Lou Williams brought another 25 points to the table from the bench but quiet nights for D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, who went a combined 4-of-24 from the field, killed their chances.

Hawks (9-4) 94, Knicks (6-7) 104

Carmelo Anthony dropped 31 points on the Hawks last night at Madison Square Garden to take the Knicks to within touching distance of becoming a .500 team.

Kristaps Porzingis also had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Rose contributed 14 points and seven assists.

For the Hawks, Dwight Howard produced another impressive double-double with 18 points and just as many boards and Paul Millsap had a team-high 19, but a terrible night for Dennis Schroder where he had one point on 0-for-8 shooting hurt Atlanta.

Trail Blazers (8-7) 121, Nets (4-9) 109

CJ McCollum produced a 33-point outing to give Portland a road win in Brooklyn, but most fans will remember Damian Lillard's ridiculous three-point play during the very first play of the game.

The Portland bench more than played their part too with Meyers Leonard (14 points), Allen Crabbe (14) and Evan Turner (19) making the difference.

Brook Lopez was, once again, the bright spark for the Brooklyn Nets as the center recorded 21 points, but their bench players, which features former number one overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, simply could not match up.

Pacers (7-7) 115, Thunder (8-6) 111

Even yet another Russell Westbrook triple-double could not prevent the Thunder from falling to the Pacers at home.

Indiana managed to get the W without their superstar Paul George as well. 30 points from Jeff Teague and 20 more from Thaddeus Young did the damage for the road side.

Westbrook had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, but only Enes Kanter (16) and Victor Oladipo (14) got into double points and the lack of help was the problem for Oklahoma.

Raptors (8-5) 99, Kings (5-9) 102

Although DeMarcus Cousins registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, it was Rudy Gay who led the scoring for the victorious Kings after dropping 23 points.

Darren Collison also had 15 points, but stifling DeMar DeRozan, who had been on a scoring rampage and still leads the league in that category was the key to success.

DDR could only muster 12 points and the Raptors had to rely on a 23-point and 14-rebound double-double to stay in contention and Kyle Lowry added 25 points, however, the climax of the game was marred in controversy as a Terrence Ross three-pointer that would have tied the game was chalked off Cousins deflecting the ball to start the clock early.

Jazz (7-8) 91, Nuggets (5-8) 105

Rookie Jamal Murray led the scoring for Denver as they picked up a surprise win over a Utah side who looked destined for the playoffs a few short games ago.

It was a fine team performance for Denver with six players getting into double digits and Jusuf Nurkic registering a double-double of 16 points and 11 assists.

Gordon Hayward responded with 25 points for Utah, however, with no Joe Johnson and Rudy Gobert uncharacteristically struggling on the boards and only posting 6 points and 7 boards, the Nuggets got the job done.

Jimmy Butler
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Eastern Conference
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Carmelo Anthony

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