Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 31 points in a Game 2 win over the Bucks on Monday, highlighting the performance with a vicious dunk right in the grill of Zaza Pachulia.

With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Chicago leading 78-74, Butler drove past Khris Middleton on the perimeter, attacking the paint from the right angle. The 6'11'' Pachulia came over to provide help near the protected circle, but Butler elevated past him, sliding in for a two-handed dunk while taking a shot to the pace that earned him a trip to the free-throw line.

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Earlier in the game, Butler was caught telling Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau that he had a matchup advantage.

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"He can't guard me, he's too little," Butler said on the TNT telecast, apparently referring to Middleton. 

All told, Butler scored 14 fourth-quarter points to carry Chicago (No. 3 seed) to a 2-0 series lead over Milwaukee (No. 6 seed). Derrick Rose added 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. 

Middleton paced the Bucks with 22 points and six rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and five rebounds.

Game 3 is set for Milwaukee on Thursday. 

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