Jimmy Butler's 40 points boost Bulls past Lakers, 118-110

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Russell Westbrook, who drilled a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime, earned his fifth triple double of the season for Oklahoma City with 31 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Los Angeles improved to 11-2 with Friday's 121-115 road win over the Sacramento Kings while the Bulls have won four consecutive games and five of their past six contests. Denver swingman Will Barton (ankle) had seven points in 19 minutes versus Utah after missing the previous nine games. 3. He's a blast to watch when he's on, but his unpredictability factor makes him tough to own. He tried to get out of Blake's way right quick and eventually miss out on the relative embarrassment that is being memorably posterized in the National Basketball Association - but even then ended up committing a foul and costing the Bulls another point on the play. With the Bulls defeating the Lakers, 118-110, in overtime, Butler also managed seven rebounds and six assists.

Wade was complimentary of the Clippers, who overcame a 19-point deficit to win the game. They're not in our locker room seeing us, not part of our group.

After nursing soreness in his left knee in recent days, Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell seemingly checked all the boxes to return to the lineup. With the Lakers' second unit outplaying the Bulls' bench, Williams climbed to 14 points in just three minutes. However, it's a long season, and Jimmy's solid play must continue, because with an aging Rajon Rondo, and an aging Dwyane Wade, the Bulls playoff hopes definitely depends on the direction and improvement of Jimmy Butler.

But instead of continuing a slide on that end, one that's taken them from the top of the league leaderboards, they locked in, holding the Bulls to 19 points in the second quarter and just 18 points in the fourth.

Ross appeared to tie it up with a 30-foot prayer on the buzzer, but officials ruled time had expired after a replay appeared to show that an inbounds pass before the shot had been deflected. "It's no secret. When you play with a guy as unselfish as him, I don't need to control the ball as I used to back in the day". "We had a conversation and thought the smart thing to do would be to sit him out and get him ready for the rest of the road trip".

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"You either have to take away the star or take away the role players". You've got a chance every night at least to compete if you do that.

The Lakers blew a 10-point lead in the second quarter and cut a 13-point Bulls lead to five with 1:12 left in regulation.

The Bulls will rest Monday before playing again Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets.

Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored a season-high 34 points for the Wizards (3-9). The Nuggets have a unique home court advantage, playing at a higher elevation than most teams would ever want to be in. Chicago also had other options in Isaiah Canaan (17 points), Nikola Mirotic (15) and Robin Lopez (12). Last summer two former leaders and voices of the team, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah both left the Bulls to play in NY.