Butler's double-double sparks Bulls
CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler had 32 points and a season-high 10 assists to lead the streaking Chicago Bulls to a 117-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
Pau Gasol scored 26 points with 11 rebounds, and Taj Gibson added 11 points and 14 boards as the Bulls led the entire way in their season-best fifth consecutive victory.
Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls after missing three consecutive games because of a sore right hamstring. He showed no effects of the injury and finished with 16 points.
Butler was coming off a record-breaking performance Sunday, when he scored 40 of his 42 points in the second half of a 115-113 victory at Toronto.
•TWICE AS NICE: Arron Afflalo and Carmelo Anthony both scored 23 points, and New York almost lost a 16-point lead before holding on to beat Atlanta 107-101, giving the Knicks their second victory over the Hawks in three days. The Knicks, who have won three of four, also beat the Hawks 117-97 in New York on Sunday. The Knicks led by 16 in the third quarter but saw the lead reduced to two points in the final minute.
•KOBE SITS AGAIN: Kobe Bryant sat out his third consecutive game for the Lakers because of a sore right shoulder. Bryant hasn't played since scoring 15 points at Boston on Dec. 30.
•MAVS FANS HOLD THEIR BOOS: Kings guard Rajon Rondo didn't play in his first visit to Dallas since an acrimonious split with the Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs last season. The NBA's assists leader sat out after having back spasms during a victory at Oklahoma City on Monday.