Heading into the second half against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Raptors looked in control of the game with a 60-48 lead.

And then Jimmy Butler happened.

After scoring just two points in the first half, the Bulls’ guard went off for 40 (!) points in the second half, carrying Chicago to a 115-113 road victory over a very good Toronto team.

The 40 points in one half is a new Bulls franchise record, beating the previous record of 39 points held by some guy named Michael Jordan. 

Butler’s biggest play came with the Bulls down 111-109 in the final 30 seconds, when he hit this awesome three-pointer and-one:

And the Bulls’ team reaction right after the win was pretty great:

Butler, one of the very best two-way players in the league, is averaging a career-high 21.1 points per game. After winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season, the 26-year-old appears to just be getting better, and (if it wasn’t already clear) is without question -the- guy on this Chicago Bulls team.

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