Sam Smith

Hinrich on Butler: "Great story; the fact he did it the hard way, earned playing time; now he’s got the respect of everyone in the league."

Sam Smith

Butler: "I’ve never been the best player on my team, never probably will be. I’ve always been a hard worker and guy who doesn’t give up."

Sam Smith

Butler as leading scorer 4 season: "Never been a scorer in my life. Just always the guy works hard and tries to help his team win games.’’

Sam Smith

Butler on career high 35: "You always want to win. And finally I had a decent game and we pulled out the win. I’m happy for that.’’

Sam Smith

Butler 11-21, 4-7 threes, 9-10 FTs: "We have a lot of unselfish guys and they saw I was in a rhythm, they continue to give me the ball."

Sam Smith

Butler after Bulls win: "I think I’m OK at scoring right now; they (mates) give me the ball in incredible position and make it easy for me "

Sam Smith

Butler after 35, 7 assts, 5 rebs, 4 steals in 45 mins: "I don’t want be a star; I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team

Sam Smith

Pau on Butler: "I look forward to seeing him continuing to play at this level. It’s not easy to do. He’s doing outstanding. I’m proud of him

Sam Smith

Pau Gasol on is Butler with 35 superstar: "I would say so, lot of confidence with lot of aggressiveness, asserting himself every game."

Nikola Mirotic

Hard work pays off! What a game by @Jimmy Butler and the whole team in front of the best fans! @ChicagoBulls #BullsNation #SeeRed

Nick Friedell

Butler on being in such a good rhythm: "It feels good. The rim was looking pretty big tonight."

Joe Cowley

Rose could fly to Memphis tomorrow. Hope he's not on that United flight that leaves in the afternoon.

Joe Cowley

“Yeah. I don’t want to be a star. I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team.’’ Butler.

KC Johnson

Pau on facing Marc Gasol: "We’re both doing pretty well so it’s meaningful. It’s a lot of pride involved. But it is a little weird."

Mike McGraw

Thibs says Taj will travel with team to Memphis. Rose might go tomorrow if he feels better. #bulls

KC Johnson

Butler: "I don't care about points. I've never been a scorer. I've always been a hard worker."

KC Johnson

Thibs: "Thank god for Jimmy Butler. Big shots, plays defense, gets to line, makes plays, plays unselfishly & hard, doesn’t take plays off."

KC Johnson

Rose isn't traveling with team to Memphis. Thibodeau said pregame Rose could get there on his own Friday if he feels able. I'd guess no.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Gibson is going with the Bulls to Memphis. Sounds like Rose is not. Although Thibs leaves door open he could join them tomorrow.

Joe Cowley

Rose not flying with Bulls. Revisit it tomorrow.

Joe Cowley

"Just thank God for Jimmy Butler." Thibs on his two guard's latest showing.

Nick Friedell

Thibs: "Just thank God for Jimmy Butler"

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls get a win and it's off to Memphis

Joe Cowley

Bulls handle Melo-less Knicks even without Rose and Gibson - read it - chicagosuntimes.com/sports/live-kn…

Joe Cowley

And by the way - The Knicks are awful with or without Melo on the court.

Joe Cowley

Butler, LeBron and Kyrie are going to be a nasty group to deal with starting next season for the Cavs, even with Love in LA.

Joe Cowley

Latest Bulls Player Power Poll: 1. Butler, 2. Gasol, 3. Butler, 4. Gasol.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls win 103-97 -score 30 -4th quarter points. Butler with a career high 35 Brooks -18 Noah 13 reb.

Nick Friedell

Bulls close it out 103-97. Butler finishes with a career high 35 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. His agent, Happy Walters, is $miling.

Sam Smith

Bulls finally get off reb; Noah with 13 secs and Bulls up 3; passes to Brooks, fouled; Pau rebs second. Plan was to wait; titillate TNT

Chuck Swirsky

Gasol and Brooks big time free throws..Bulls 103-97 with 10 sec left

KC Johnson

Noah 1-for-8, but that 13th rebound right there should be ballgame.

Nick Friedell

Noah hasn't played very well offensively, but he just snagged the biggest rebound of the game. His 13th of the night.

Chuck Swirsky

Gasol with a layup from Brooks...100-97 Bulls 52 sec left NY ball

KC Johnson

Who says jump passes don't work?

Joe Cowley

Jimmy All-Star now with 35.

KC Johnson

There's Butler's new career-high for points. 35 and counting.

Nick Friedell

Jimmy Butler sets a new career high with 35 points.

Sam Smith

Knicks have scored on 7 of last 8 possessions. It's the triangle!

Sam Smith

Knicks pull within 90-89 w/4:12 left. 76ers checking schedule to see when they get Bulls

Chuck Swirsky

NY on 12-3 run Bulls 90-89...412 left 4th

Nick Friedell

Win or lose, I'd be shocked if Thibs didn't light his team up after this one. The Knicks just want this game more than the Bulls do.

Mike McGraw

Jimmy Butler has scored 32 pts, but he's let Tim Hardaway Jr. score 20, 4 short of season-high. #Bulls

Sam Smith

Timeout w/6:02 left to get oxygen for Butler. Has 32 points, 7 assts, 5 rebs, 4 stls, taped ankles at half and cut oranges; 87-81 Bulls

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 87-81 602 left 4th

Joe Cowley

You can smoke and mirrors for 36 minutes, but bum teams seldom last the full 48.

KC Johnson

Jimmy Butler has tied his career-high of 32 points with 8:09 remaining.

Sam Smith

Butler two points away from career best w/8:43 left.

Chuck Swirsky

Butler career high is 32

Sam Smith

Bulls run off 7 straight; Knicks rescind offer to Wear

Chuck Swirsky

Butler with 30. Bulls up 82/77. 843 left 4th. 7-0 run

Joe Cowley

Don't get the Rose Flu.

Sam Smith

Knicks 77-75 in 4th. Appears Anthony had been holding them back. Travis Wear seeing $124 million deal

Joe Cowley

The CDC just announced that the Butler Flu leads to 17 points in 36 minutes. The Rose Flu makes you stay home.

Mike McGraw

#Bulls trail depleted Knicks 74-73 at the end of 3Qs. Maybe these Knicks guys shoot better when they touch the ball more often.

Chuck Swirsky

Knicks 74-73. Knicks have scored 20 points off Bulls turnovers

Mike McGraw

When Phil Jackson tweeted earlier that it takes 4-5 years to judge a trade, surprised he didn't add, "Just ask Jerry Krause." #Bulls

Joe Cowley

Jimmy Butler doesn't start ballin' until his shirt is untucked.

Nick Friedell

The Bulls are down by 1 late in the 3rd quarter to a Knicks team that started: Wear, Stoudemire, Aldrich, Hardaway Jr. and Calderon.

Joe Cowley

Knicks lead ... embarrassing.

Joe Cowley

And this isn't a Marquis Teague situation. Snell actually puts in extra time.

Joe Cowley

I hope Tony Snell is renting.

KC Johnson

E'Twaun Moore ahead of Tony Snell in the rotation.

Sam Smith

LeBron Butler, err Jimmy Butler keeping Bulls barely ahead with 26 pts late in 3rd. Bulls by 3

Joe Cowley

Butler has scored a season-high 32 points twice this season ... Bulls lost both games. He has 25 right now.

Joe Cowley

Squeak, squeak, New York Knicks.

Joe Cowley

Ever see a cat have a little mouse trapped in the corner and it's just clawing at it rather than putting it out of it's little mouse misery?

Joe Cowley

Memphis last yr was where @Nick Friedell and I watched an eating contest going on courtside the whole game by a certain announcer-No one won.

Joe Cowley

Bulls play like this tomorrow against the Grizzlies ... murder she wrote.

Joe Cowley

Will be interesting to see if Rose flies to Memphis tomorrow ... then again, flu games are overrated.

Joe Cowley

Thibs just called for a walk-through on the flight to Memphis tonight.

Nick Friedell

Very lackluster effort from the Bulls tonight. Thibs calls an early timeout. Bulls have looked disinterested through much of this one.

Joe Cowley

Meanwhile, Knicks saying, "Don't pack up the shower shoes just yet.'' Bulls once again playing down to the competition.

Joe Cowley

"Phil's too old to be tweeting." Well done, Sir Charles. Most excitement in Knicks-Bulls is Barkley and Phillip going at it.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls fans thoughts after 1st half ?

Nick Friedell

Has to be first time in Dunleavy's career that he can't warm up on floor because a guy is singing a song about a girl's love for fishing.

Joe Cowley

Country Night at the United Center - some country guy playing now, while Bulls workers forced to go in mosh pit and pretend they like it.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 52-45 at half...Butler-17 at the break

Joe Cowley

Gasol swears in English - in case you were wondering. Bulls 52-45 at halftime.

Sam Smith

Butler with 17 in half; career high 32. But league not officially counting career highs against Knicks

Joe Cowley

Never turn your back on a Dukie!

Nick Friedell

It's "Country Night" here @unitedcenter. Otherwise known as "Everybody rips on Jimmy Butler and his music choices" night.

Sam Smith

Love Mirotic's in your face move: Pump fakes to draw the defender closer and then shoots the three. Makes it. 48-37 Bulls. Thibs confused

Nick Friedell

I hope TNT gives Charles the live in-house mic for a game one day. Would be hilarious to hear his thoughts in the arena while it's going on.

Chuck Swirsky

Threeeekola.....Bulls 48-37 3 min left 1st half @Nikola Mirotic with 6

Sam Smith

Interesting TNT sideline. Barkley and Reggie now watching Titans and Jaguars

Sam Smith

Knicks only limitation seems to be they don't have very many good players. 40-32 Bulls midway through second qtr

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 7 turnovers= 12 NY points- Bulls 40-32 6:19 left 2nd quarter

Nick Friedell

Meanwhile, the Bulls look like they are just kind of sleepwalking though this one.

Nick Friedell

This Knicks team looks like the bad half of a split squad in spring training. Problem for them is the other half isn't very good either.

Joe Cowley

Noah plays a lot more comfortable when Pau is sitting. Still trying to find his way in a new role when the 7-footer is on the floor.

Mike McGraw

Where some see a boring game, Jimmy Butler sees a chance to win over some all-star voters. He's 5-for-5 from the field for 15 pts, 4 asts.

Sam Smith

Knicks looking for offensive boost early in 2nd preparing to sub in Barry Kramer, Kenny Sears and Em Bryant

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 36-28 830 left 2nd quarter

Sam Smith

Bulls 30-20 after one. TNT trying to get Bucks/Kings to move up starting time to switch to that game.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 30-20 end of 1st 63%fg Butler 12points

Nick Friedell

TNak cleared that sweater. RT @chase_rifkin tanaka rocking the christmas sweater

Joe Cowley

Thanks for coming Knicks. Make sure you don't leave the shower shoes in the locker room, and have a nice holiday. Bulls 30-20 after one.

Sam Smith

Mirotic with another steal. Defensive Player of the Year?

Nick Friedell

Tony Snell checks in and instantly picks up a foul. He's buried so far in Thibs' rotation I almost feel bad for him.