Jimmy Butler was Jimmy Buckets against the Charlotte Hornets Monday night and the Chicago Bulls eeked out the 118-111 victory. 

“I made some shots,” said the All-Star on NBA TV following his 52-point performance. This game marked the second of Butler’s career where he tallied more than 50, and he finished just one point shy of his career-high that got set last January against the Philadelphia 76ers.

This came just five days after dropping 40 on the Brooklyn Nets.

He was astronomically efficient and needed just 24 shots to reach his 52. Butler made 15 of those shots, and he went to the free throw line 22 times, where he made 21. On top of his scoring output, Jimmy G. added 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals, and carried a Bulls team that was without Dwyane Wade.

After his near career-night, Butler became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1997 to drop more than 50 at the United Center, and he also finished just one point shy of tying Jordan’s scoring record at the arena.

What a difference that one free throw would’ve made.

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