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Butler on a mission

Jimmy Butler has picked up where he left off in the 1st half. Butler has 5 of Chicago's 9 points in the 3rd quarter and is up to 28 for the game. The Bulls trail by 1 midway through the 3rd. Follow live


Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard have hijacked the 1st round of these playoffs. And they're totally relentless on both ends of the court.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

The Bulls have played really poorly -- and yet they are going into halftime tied at 50. Jimmy Butler has 23 points. Bucks are in trouble.

Butler comfortable in Milwaukee

After playing 53 minutes in Game 3, Jimmy Butler is doing it all in Game 4. He collected 23 points and tied the game on a contested 3-pointer that banked in as the buzzer sounded for intermission. The only other player in double digits is O.J. Mayo at 10 points. Follow live


Bulls picking up steam

Chicago only had 7 points in the first 6 minutes of the second quarter. In the next 3 minutes? The Bulls tacked on 9 more points and the Bucks lead has been trimmed to 7. Follow live

Bucks running through Bulls

Chicago's modest 1st-quarter lead is gone. Milwaukee has mucked the game up, turning 14 Bulls turnovers into 20 points and a 10-point lead. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can't be happy about that. Follow live


It's getting chippy in Brew Town

Aaron Brooks just hit Jerryd Bayless with an elbow off the ball and Bayless did not appreciate the gesture. A shoving match was broken up on the court and Bayless was assessed a technical foul while Brooks was hit with a flagrant foul 1. Follow live

Clippers not dwelling on Sterling

On the 1-year anniversary of Donald Sterling's racist remarks being released online, the Clippers aren't looking back. Doc Rivers said: "It's been a controversy-free year for the most part except for our play. It’s nice." Clippers building organization

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Mayo hit with a flagrant

O.J. Mayo was just assessed a flagrant foul 1 for undercutting his former USC teammate Taj Gibson as Gibson was going up for an alley-oop. Gibson fell hard but seemed okay after being helped up from Mayo. The Bulls lead by 4. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

You could make a pretty good video of Jimmy Butler's defensive highlights in this series. Another one with that quarter-ending block.

Butler swoops in for the denial

O.J. Mayo took a breakaway pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo for an open layup but Jimmy Butler streaked back and soared for the clean block just as the buzzer sounded. The Bulls lead 23-19 after one. Follow live

Bulls hurt by turnovers

Chicago's 8 turnovers are tied for its most in a first quarter all season. Milwaukee has converted those 8 turnovers for 10 points as the Bucks trail by 4 late in the first. Follow live


Brooklyn nets win, narrow series to 2-1

Brook Lopez led Brooklyn to a 91-83 win over Atlanta on a steady 22 points, 13 rebounds effort. The Hawks were held to an awful 35.6% shooting from the field as they trailed nearly the entire game.