Jimmy Butler was able to move on once all the Bulls’ grievances were aired.
Butler scored 28 points and Robin Lopez added a season-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds as Chicago defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 121-108 on Sunday night.
After a week of tension, the Bulls bounced back from consecutive home defeats to Atlanta and Miami despite blowing a 20-point lead.
“It was all good tonight,” Butler said, “especially after what was going on.”
Butler and Dwyane Wade returned to the starting lineup after being benched as starters in Friday’s blowout loss to the Heat. They were critical of teammates after they blew a late double-digit lead in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Rajon Rondo responded to his teammates’ criticism on an Instagram post on Thursday, taking multiple shots at the team leadership. Wade,
Butler, and Rondo all were fined by the Bulls.
“Everybody said what they had to say,” Butler said. “Get it off their chest, move on, move forward and win some games.”
After a team meeting, Butler and the Bulls had one of their worst performances of the season against Miami. Butler struggled off the bench, scoring just three points on 1-of-13 shooting. Against the 76ers, Butler was more aggressive, getting to the free throw line and setting up his teammates. He had seven assists and eight rebounds.
The Bulls’ next six games are on the road.
“It will be a long road trip, lonely,” Wade said. “Just like our long road trip at the beginning of the season.”
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 31 points for Philadelphia, and Robert Covington added 21 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. The 76ers have lost 12 straight to the…
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