Butler paces Bulls’ 19-pt rally with 42

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The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler goes against the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry in the first quarter on Saturday.

The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler wasn’t sure what to make of the “MVP! MVP!” chants. He insisted he’s not worrying about any trade rumors.

He’s just trying to focus on the job at hand, and is he ever locked in at the moment.

Butler scored 42 points, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-118 in overtime Saturday night.

Butler led a big run in the fourth quarter and nailed a spinning, fadeaway 3 with 17.3 seconds left in overtime for a five-point lead.

He also hit the 40-point mark for the third time in six games thanks to four 3-pointers and an 18-for-20 performance at the foul line.

Dwyane Wade added 20 points, and Doug McDermott had 17 to help the Bulls win their 10th in a row against Toronto.

“My job is not to worry about what the media’s writing, what’s going on in the outside world,” Butler said.

“My job is to come in here and work, try to help this team win games. We’re all we have in here in. Good, bad indifferent, we always lean on each other. With all the hippidy-hoopla that’s going around, just keep being you and keep working.”

Butler once again did everything he could to lift the Bulls to their third straight win. He has gone from scoring 52 against Charlotte to pouring in 14 in the fourth quarter at Cleveland on Wednesday to scoring 32 after halftime to help Chicago beat Toronto.

Westbrook carries Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106.

Westbrook made seven 3-pointers after hitting a career-high eight Thursday at Houston, and matched his season high in rebounds in the 54th triple-double of his career. Speech

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