Through three quarters, Game 2 of Bulls-Bucks match-up was pretty tame, if not downright boring. Offense was absent, as was any sort of excitement, save for one mini-scuffle in the second quarter.
In the fourth, however, Jimmy Butler came alive, and put an exclamation point on his terrific overall performance with this hammer dunk on Zaza Pachulia. With Derrick Rose struggling tonight, the Bulls had to lean extra hard on Butler for offense. He delivered, curing the Bulls of their anemic offense by scoring 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half – none more exciting than this dunk.
Something also needs to be said about Pachulia’s half-hearted foul. Don’t be mistaken, Butlers’ very strong, but if Pachulia wants to send Butler to the line to make him earn his two points the easy way, he needs to do more than just slap his arms on his chest. Still, with how hard and fast Butler rose to the rim, I’m not sure anything short of a brick wall could have prevented him from finishing.
With Butler’s 31 points leading the way, the Bulls defeated the Bucks, 91-82, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.