Jimmy Butler Lifts Bulls Over LeBron And The Cavs 106-94

By Mark Dan, Posted: 01/06/17 07:57PM EST

The ailing NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers suffered another defeat at the hands of the lowly Chicago Bulls 106-94 on Wednesday night. The Cavs were without all-stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving because of injuries and LeBron James played with an illness, and was not 100 percent as the Bulls controlled the game down the stretch.

Bulls' all-star Jimmy Butler continued to display his improved leadership, taking over the game in the crucial minutes of the fourth quarter by scoring ten straight points for Chicago, that put the game away. Butler just came off a 52-point game in a win against the Charlotte Hornets. He scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the final quarter, as the Bulls prevented any comeback attempt from the defending champs.

Doug McDermott added 17 huge points for Chicago. Despite making just one out of eight in the first quarter, the Bulls found their range and converted a season-high 13 three-pointers. Pushing the biggest lead of the game to 15 points in the third quarter, the Cavs somehow pulled off a rally and cut the lead to four, with more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, according to nba.com.

Butler took over in the fourth and put the Bulls on his shoulders by scoring consecutive clutch baskets that Cleveland was not able to recover from. Chicago put an end to the Cavs' nine-game home winning streak, as Bulls' head coach Fred Hoiberg commended Butler for putting up consecutive amazing performances.

The Cavs' LeBron James still had an impressive night, finishing with 31 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out seven assists in 37 minutes of action, but it was not enough to carry his team to victory. During the last crucial minutes of the fourth quarter, Jimmy Butler stated that Dwyane Wade went to him and pushed him to win the game for the team, and that's what Butler eventually did. Powering the Bulls to victory over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers, via ESPN.

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