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Jimmy Butler Predicted He Would Score 40 Points on the Lakers

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler went off for a season-high 40 points on the Lakers last night. Coming off a tough loss to the Clippers and with D-Wade resting, Butler knew he had to turn in a big game to leave LA with a 1-1 record. Before the game Butler actually told his coach Fred Holberg that he would score 40. The All-Star went 14-for-23 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line. Jimmy also added seven rebounds and six assists to the 40 points. Via ESPN:

    Jimmy Butler called his shot before Sunday’s 118-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Chicago Bulls’ All-Star swingman knew he would have to score more on Sunday with the Bulls playing without Dwyane Wade, who was sitting out the game to rest on the second night of a back-to-back.

    So Butler, who is averaging 24.0 points per game this season, told his head coach, Fred Hoiberg, that he would take matters into his own hands as the Bulls tried to bounce back from a tough loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

    “He told me before the game, ‘Coach, I’m going for 40 tonight,’ ” Hoiberg said. “And he did it.”

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