Watch: Phenomenal display breaks Michael Jordan's record

Jimmy Butler celebrates as he torches the Toronto Raptors. Photo / AP
Jimmy Butler celebrates as he torches the Toronto Raptors. Photo / AP

Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan's team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Toronto Raptors 115-113.

Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1989. Butler shot 14 of 19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in the Bulls' fourth straight win.

Pau Gasol had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago beat Toronto for the second time in a week and a seventh consecutive time overall.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 24 points and Kyle Lowry had his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 assists, while Luis Scola also had 22 points for Toronto.

Since 1997, only five players have scored 40 points in a half, led by Kobe Bryant dropping in 55 on the way to his famous 81 point game against the Raptors, as well as accomplishing the feat 15 days earlier against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Others to have done it include Brandon Jennings, Michael Redd and Deron Williams, while Klay Thompson scored 39 points in a quarter before sitting out the next period due to his Golden State Warriors side having an insurmountable lead.

- Additional reporting AP

- NZ Herald

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