Jimmy Butler had his second worst shooting performance of the season with 25% on 3 for 12 shooting. He also did not hit a three pointer and also got to the free throw line only 3 times.
Butler’s other two really poor shooting performances happened on Christmas Eve Eve, 30.8% against the Wizards, and on November 21st 23.1% at the Portland Trail Blazers.
It’s either that Butler is coming down to earth after his crazy hot start, or he just plays poorly around the holidays. Lay off the egg nog, Jimmy!
The Bulls as a team shot only 38.4% in the field and 32.% from three pointers and ended with 82 points in a old school Thibodeau classic. The Brooklyn bigs in Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez took it to Chicago for a combined 49 points, while the Bulls backcourt had a combined 12 points.
Mike Conley went off on the Spurs to maintain his quiet All Star campaign. Conley only missed 5 shots the entire night and ended with 30 points. 10 for 13 from the field, 4 for 5 from behind the arc and 6 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 6 assists, 7 rebounds and a steal.
The Grizz perimeter defense was on point, keeping the Spurs three point percentage to 22.7% and also limiting them to only 3 fast break points.
Jodie Meeks came off the bench for the streaking Detroit Pistons and put up 34 points against the Magic. Meeks shot 9 for 11 from the three point line, 11 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He outscored the entire Magic bench by himself.
It was the third straight win for the Pistons, helped by another double-double with 17 points and 22 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Greg Monroe fell short of a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The Magic didn’t have an awful night, shooting a team total 44.7% from the field, but failing miserably beyond the arc going 4 for 20.
Kobe Bryant sat out a couple of games and then stormed back to get a triple double against the declining Nuggets. The Black Mamba went 6 for 11 from the field, 3 for 5 from three pointers and 8 for 11 from the free throw line. He also had 9 turnovers, because of course.
Jusuf Nurkic was one of the lone bright spots for the Nuggets, ending with 16 points on 7 for 10 shooting and had 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
The Trail Blazers became the first NBA team to 26 wins with a 102-97 overtime win over the Raptors. Despite being down 13 in the fourth quarter, the Blazers came back and finished them off in OT.
LaMarcus Aldridge made his first appearance after sitting out three games with an illness and went 10 for 19 in the field and ended with 23 points. Damian Lillard lead the Blazers with 26 points and 9 assists.
Kyle Lowry continued his dominance with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. The Drakes had 64 points in the paint, but shot 18.2% from three points.
The Dubs rained down on the hapless Sixers and got 29 fast break points while holding Philadelphia to 38.4% FG shooting. Marreese Speights went 9 for 13 in the field and 5 for 6 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 23 points. He rounded out his stat sheet with all fours: 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks.
Michael Carter-Williams, almost certainly not tanking, went 1 for 7 shooting in 38 minutes. The Sixers also had 28 turnovers which lead to 43 points.
Jimmy Butler shot 40% against the Pacers, going 8 for 20 from the field, but still managed 27 points, in part to 12 appearances at the free throw line. Butler made nine of those free throw attempts and nailed both three pointers he attempted.
This is the third time this season Butler shot 40%, but the 27 points is the highest point total of those three games. But his free throw percentage of 75% was the lowest of those three games, the other two games he shot 90% & 83.3%.
His nine rebounds was the second highest on the team behind Mike Dunleavy and his four steals led both teams. The Pacers as a team only had 5 steals total.