Butler, the Bulls’ leading scorer, contested a Paul George shot as time expired to give Chicago a 96–95 win over the Pacers on Monday. George attempted to hit the game-winner near the free-throw line, but Butler stuck with the Pacers star step-by-step, and erased the shot before it could get anywhere near the hoop.
Butler played an all-around game, scoring 17 points on 50% shooting from the field in addition to his stellar defense. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 23 points but left the game in the second half after tweaking his left ankle.
George scored 26 for the Pacers, but made only nine of his 20 shots from the field. Defense was the theme of the game, with both teams failing to crack 41% shooting. When Indiana needed just one more shot to win, Butler was there to save the day.