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NBA names Butler as Eastern Conference Player of the Week
The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Jimmy Butler has been selected as one of two NBA Players of the Week, his selection making him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
This honor comes after a week in which Butler led the Bulls to a 3-0 record, all wins coming against the East’s top teams: the Charlotte Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors. Butler averaged 38 points per game, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists during the three games.
In two of the games, Butler absolutely dominated, almost solely carrying his team to victory. His top performance came in Jan. 2’s 118-111 win over the Hornets; Butler was the game’s leading scorer at 52 points, just a point off his career high. He also added 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block.
In the Bulls’ 123-118 win over the Raptors, he was again the game’s top performer. Butler led with a double-double of 42 points and 10 rebounds.
Against the Cavaliers, his performance was more modest, as he posted just 20 points. But Butler scored 10-straight points in the fourth quarter to help solidify the 106-94 win.
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