Red-hot Butler leads Bulls to 5th straight victory

LOS ANGELES—Jimmy Butler scored 32 points as the Chicago Bulls stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 117-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

The Bulls opened the first quarter on a 10-0 run and never trailed, despite the Bucks pulling to within one point twice in the game in front of a crowd of 21,600 at the United Center arena.

Butler, who was coming off a 42-point performance against Toronto on Sunday, continued to have the hot hand on Tuesday. 

He scored 12 points in the first quarter and had 20 points by halftime. 

Butler shot 11-of-21 from the field, eight-of-eight from the free-throw line and dished out 10 assists on the night.

“I am used to playing with talent, USA Basketball, the select team. The way Jimmy is playing now is unreal and it is fun to watch,” said Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

The Bulls improved to 21-12 on the season and have scored 100-plus points in their last eight games.

The Bucks have struggled away from home all season and dropped to 5-16 on the road. They also lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Knicks hold on for win - 

Guard Arron Afflalo and forward Carmelo Anthony each scored 23 points as the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-101.

The Knicks nailed down the win with 18 seconds remaining, when Jose Calderon scored on a driving layup. They allowed the Hawks to get within two points after building a 16-point lead earlier in the contest.

The Knicks have now won two straight and three of their last four.

Afflalo, who scored 38 against the Hawks on Sunday, shot nine-for-16, including two-for-two on three-pointers. He added seven rebounds and four assists. Anthony made eight-of-22 with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds, while Derrick Williams scored 15 off the bench.

Mavs beat Kings in double OT

Deron Williams rattled in a three pointer from the corner at the buzzer to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 117-116 win over the Sacramento Kings in double overtime.

Williams game winner capped an 8-0 run for the Mavs at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks ended a two-game losing streak and beat the Kings for the 22nd straight time in Dallas.

Topics: Jimmy Butler , Chicago Bulls , NBA
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