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Butler breaks mark in Bulls win

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 03: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles past Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors defend during an NBA game at the Air Canada Centre on January 03, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) 575729247

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 03: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles past Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors defend during an NBA game at the Air Canada Centre on January 03, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) 575729247

TORONTO — For one half, Jimmy Butler was better than Michael Jordan. That's all it was, Butler said. One half. Still, it was an amazing run.

Butler broke the Hall of Famer'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 1989. Butler shot 14 of 19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in Chicago's fourth straight win.

"Don't compare me to him," Butler said. "I don't want to be compared to him because then people are going to think I got to do what he did. I'm trying, but we're nowhere near the same player."

One of Jordan's teammates was pretty impressed, though.

"What a performance by @JimmyButler. You don't see individual efforts like this too often," Scottie Pippen said in a tweet.

Butler's big day came after a pop in the mouth. He was accidentally elbowed by DeMarre Carroll in the second quarter after making a basket. He needed one stitch.

Bulls star Derrick Rose sat out his third straight game with a right hamstring injury and is set for an MRI exam today on the same knee that he has had two surgeries on.

Game highlights: Chris Bosh scored 23 and Goran Dragic had 18 points as the visiting Heat dominated the undermanned Wizards in a 97-75 victory. Washington had just nine healthy players. … Arron Afflalo hit his first seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 38 to lead the host Knicks past the Hawks 111-97.

Around the league: Reigning MVP Stephen Curry left late Saturday's 111-108 win over the Nuggets after re-injuring his left leg. He is questionable for tonight's game against the Hornets, according to media reports. Denver forward Kenneth Faried said Sunday that he was "doing much better" after being taken off the court on a stretcher during the game. … Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Heat 97, Wizards 75

MIAMI (97): Deng 4-5 0-0 9, Bosh 8-15 5-5 23, Whiteside 3-9 0-2 6, Dragic 8-14 0-0 18, Wade 3-10 2-2 8, Green 6-12 1-1 15, Johnson 4-8 0-0 10, Winslow 0-4 0-0 0, Udrih 2-4 0-0 4, Haslem 1-2 0-0 2, Andersen 0-2 2-2 2, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 10-12 97.

WASHINGTON (75): Porter 3-7 0-0 6, Dudley 2-6 0-0 4, Gortat 6-11 0-0 12, Wall 6-21 1-2 14, Temple 4-16 1-2 11, Oubre Jr. 3-6 0-0 6, Sessions 4-12 5-7 13, Humphries 2-6 2-2 6, Eddie 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 31-91 9-13 75.

Miami 25 25 23 24— 97

Washington 24 7 20 24— 75

3sMiami 9-23 (Green 2-4, Dragic 2-4, Johnson 2-5, Bosh 2-5, Deng 1-1, Winslow 0-2, Andersen 0-2), Washington 4-29 (Temple 2-7, Eddie 1-5, Wall 1-6, Humphries 0-1, Oubre Jr. 0-2, Sessions 0-2, Porter 0-3, Dudley 0-3). ReboundsMiami 58 (Whiteside 13), Washington 55 (Gortat 13). AssistsMiami 27 (Udrih 6), Washington 19 (Wall, Sessions 5). FoulsMiami 15, Washington 12. TechnicalsMiami defensive 3, Wall, Washington defensive 3.

Bulls 115, Raptors 113

CHICAGO (115): Mirotic 4-9 6-6 17, Gibson 4-5 1-2 9, Gasol 7-16 5-6 19, Hinrich 3-4 0-0 8, Butler 15-23 10-11 42, Snell 3-6 0-0 7, Brooks 2-6 0-0 5, Portis 2-5 0-0 4, McDermott 0-4 0-0 0, Moore 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 42-82 22-25 115.

TORONTO (113): Carroll 4-8 0-0 10, Scola 9-17 2-3 22, Valanciunas 3-5 2-2 8, Lowry 8-22 3-4 22, DeRozan 7-17 7-8 24, Patterson 3-7 0-0 7, Ross 1-5 0-0 3, Joseph 5-9 2-2 13, Biyombo 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 42-92 16-19 113.

Chicago 26 22 33 34— 115

Toronto 26 34 27 26— 113

3sChicago 9-21 (Mirotic 3-6, Hinrich 2-3, Butler 2-3, Brooks 1-3, Snell 1-3, Portis 0-1, McDermott 0-2), Toronto 13-30 (DeRozan 3-6, Lowry 3-8, Scola 2-2, Carroll 2-5, Ross 1-3, Joseph 1-3, Patterson 1-3). ReboundsChicago 51 (Gasol 13), Toronto 45 (Valanciunas 9). AssistsChicago 23 (Gasol 6), Toronto 21 (Lowry 10). FoulsChicago 18, Toronto 19.

Knicks 111, Hawks 97

ATLANTA (97): Bazemore 6-13 2-2 18, Millsap 6-13 7-10 19, Horford 5-8 2-2 13, Korver 5-12 1-1 13, Teague 3-12 3-3 9, Sefolosha 2-4 0-0 4, Tavares 2-4 0-2 4, Mack 5-10 0-0 10, Scott 2-6 0-0 5, Patterson 0-1 0-0 0, Holiday 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-84 15-20 97

NEW YORK (111): Anthony 4-10 3-4 11, Porzingis 5-13 2-2 14, Lopez 7-10 2-2 16, Afflalo 14-17 3-4 38, Calderon 4-8 0-0 9, Thomas 0-5 2-2 1, Galloway 3-7 0-0 7, Grant 4-10 0-0 8, Williams 3-7 0-0 6, O'Quinn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 44-88 12-14 111

Atlanta 21 24 31 21— 97

New York 22 33 31 25— 111

3sAtlanta 8-26 (Bazemore 4-7, Millsap 0-3, Horford 1-3, Korver 2-6, Teague 0-2, Sefolosha 0-1, Mack 1-2, Scott 1-2, Patterson 0-1), New York 11-26 (Anthony 0-3, Porzingis 2-3, Afflalo 7-8, Calderon 1-2, Thomas 0-2, Galloway 1-3, Grant 0-3, Williams 0-2). Rebounds—Atlanta 32 (Millsap 9), New York 46 (Lopez 11). Assists—Atlanta 26 (Millsap 6), New York 27 (Grant 7). Total Fouls—Atlanta 14, New York 19.

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