Trans. Mar 9 4:10 ET (Mar 9 4:10 ET ) Jimmy Butlers reputation as a top-notch defender was burnished Sunday afternoon, as he goaded league MVP LeBron James into a 17-point outing on just 8-for-23 shooting in the Bulls 95-88 overtime win over the Heat at the United Center. Butler not only held the Miami superstar to that stat line, but he didnt allow James to even get to the free-throw line, the first time thats happened since December 2009, and successfully defended him on the final possession of regulation, a clear-out in which Butler cleanly stripped James on a drive to the basket. And for good measure, during a second-quarter baseline scuffle between the pair, Butler landed a well-placed foot to James face, resulting in double technical fouls being assessed to each party. Whatever happened, happened, Butler explained about the incident.
Jimmy Butler took care of LeBron James on defence and scored 16 points on offence to lead Chicago to a 95-88 overtime win over the reigning NBA champion Miami on Sunday. Butler also tallied 11 rebounds, four steals and a block for the Bulls, who prevented James from making a trip to the free throw line for the first time in an NBA game in over four years. Joakim Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks for the Bulls, who have split the first two games of a six-game homestand. James scored 17 points on eight-of-23 shooting from the field.
Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler understand it. The real victory for the Chicago Bulls will come when they're knocking the Miami Heat out of the playoffs, not during the regular season - no matter how charged the atmosphere is. Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation. ''One day, we're going to have to get through those guys.'' The Heat have owned them when it counts in recent seasons.
LeBron James is not exactly a popular guy in Chicago, drawing more boos and disdain from the fans than just about any other player that has faced the Bulls over the last four years. In the second quarter of Sunday's Bulls win over the Heat, the "King" and Bulls guard Jimmy Butler were battling for a loose ball and wound up on the ground with limbs intertwined. In the scuffle, Butler's foot actually connects with LeBron's face. LeBron is just coming off a broken nose, in which he had to wear a protective mask for a few games.
Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation. Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third straight to match their longest losing streak of the season. James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting and couldn't come through after Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch. Chicago outscored Miami 9-2, starting with Augustin's 3 just under a minute in.