TORONTO — For one half, Jimmy Butler was better than Michael Jordan.

That’s all it was, Butler said. One half. Still, it was an amazing run.

Butler broke the Hall of Famer’s team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Toronto Raptors 115-113 on Sunday.

Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1989.

Butler shot 14 of 19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in the Bulls’ fourth straight victory.

“Don’t compare me to him,” Butler said. “I don’t want to be compared to him because then people are going to think I got to do what he did. I’m trying, but we’re nowhere near the same player.”

One of Jordan’s teammates was pretty impressed, though.

“What a performance by @JimmyButler. You don’t see individual efforts like this too often,” Scottie Pippen said in a tweet.

Butler’s performance came after he got a stitch in his mouth. He was accidentally elbowed by DeMarre Carroll in the second quarter after making a basket. He needed one stitch to close the wound and ready him for the second half.

“I was mad but I just came out and was just aggressive,” he said.

He scored 21 points in the third quarter, the most the Raptors have given up to an opponent in a single quarter this season, shooting 7 of 9 from the floor and making all seven of his free throw attempts.

KNICKS 111, HAWKS 97: Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points and host New York beat Atlanta.

Afflalo was 14 for 17 from the field and 7 for 8 from 3-point range, making his first seven attempts and nearing his career best of 43 points.

The Knicks improved to 8-2 when Afflalo scores 15 or more points.

HEAT 97, WIZARDS 75: Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 18 and Miami dominated in Washington.

With just nine healthy players, Washington was outscored in the second quarter 25-7.

The Wizards missed 20 of their 22 field goal attempts as the Heat jumped out a 50-31 halftime lead.

John Wall, who led Washington with 14 points, hit just six of his 21 field goal attempts.

The Wizards shot just 34.1 percent and their 75 points were a season low.


NETS: Brooklyn point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Jack was hurt Saturday in a victory at Boston and the Nets said Sunday he also has a small medial meniscus tear.

Jack will have surgery on a date that has not been determined.

NUGGETS: Forward Kenneth Faried says he’s “doing much better” after being taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck injury following a loss to Golden State the night before.

BULLS: Derrick Rose sat out his third straight game with a right hamstring injury, although Coach Fred Hoiberg said, “it is definitely getting better.” Rose will undergo an MRI on Monday on the knee, the same knee he has previously had two surgeries on.