Brooklyn Nets get sunk in Chicago by Jimmy Butler's game-winner (highlights)
Dec 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) dribbles the ball against Brooklyn Nets guard Randy Foye (2) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


After Randy Foye drilled a buzzer-beater to down the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Jimmy Butler returned the favor two days later. 

  • Brooklyn Nets (9-22), 99
  • Chicago Bulls (16-16), 101
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • United Center, Chicago, IL

The Brooklyn Nets were looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, but Jimmy Butler had other plans. Oddly enough, he, along with everyone else except Brook Lopez, got off to a slow start in the first half.

After the first 24 minutes, bad defense and questionable offense were present on both sides. Brooklyn took a 49-46 lead with them into the locker room behind Lopez’s 19 points.

Butler began to heat up in the third, but, contrary to what’s happened all season, the Nets kept it close out of the intermission. They held a 78-76 lead going into the final frame.

By the time the buzzer sounded, Butler was in the midst of getting mobbed by his teammates after he drilled the game-winning jump shot over Bojan Bogdanovic. Just for dramatic effect, Lopez posterized his brother, Robin Lopez, on the previous possession and tied the score up at 99.

Jimmy Buckets led everyone with 40 points and 11 rebounds and shouldered almost the entire offense load after Dwyane Wade left the game with a migraine.


Lopez was Brooklyn’s leading scorer. He buried a career-high five threes en route to his 33-point evening.

The Nets look to get back on track Friday, Dec. 30 against the Washington Wizards.


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