Jimmy Butler scores 52 as Bulls get by Hornets to arrest two-game slide
Chicago guard Jimmy Butler, who scored 53 against Philadelphia last season, goes 15 for 24 in 38 minutes of action against Charlotte. AP

JIMMY Butler scored 52 points, a point shy of hs career high, as the Bulls overcame the Charlotte Hornets, 118-111, on Monday in Chicago (Tuesday, Manila time).

With Dwyane Wade out due to a swollen knee, Butler did most of the work for Chicago, as he pulled down 12 rebounds and issued six assists.

The Bulls halted a two-game slide, with Michael Carter Williams scoring 10 and falling just a reboud short of a double-double.

Nikola Mirotic delivered 12 points, while Doug McDermott scored 11 for the Bulls, who notched their 17th win in 35 games.

The Hornets absorbed their second straight loss, even as Kemba Walker came up with another solid performance.

Walker had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum scored 19 and Jeremy Lam added 15 points for Charlotte, which suffered its 16th loss in 35 outings.


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