Jimmy Butler like Mike with latest scoring outburst

It's not easy to break any kind of Chicago Bulls scoring record, not with Michael Jordan scoring almost 30,000 points over 13 seasons in Chicago.

But that's exactly what Jimmy Butler did on Sunday by scoring 40 second-half points, a team record in a single half.

Butler broke the record formerly held by Jordan, who tallied 39 in the second half against the Bucks back on Feb. 16, 1989.

Butler, who scored just two points in the first half, broke loose for 40 on 14-for-19 shooting in the second half. He made 2 of 3 3-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws while playing all 24 minutes in Chicago's highest-scoring half of the season, with the team tallying 67 points.

Butler is the just the fifth player in the past 20 seasons with a 40-point half and the first since Deron Williams in March 2012. Kobe Bryant has done this three times, while Brandon Jennings and Michael Redd have gone for 40 in a half as well.

The Bulls guard's 42 points overall are one shy of his career high set in a quadruple overtime loss to Detroit back on Dec. 18. Butler had never scored more than 36 points in a regulation game and in his first three NBA seasons he had never even reached the 30-point mark.

Bulls just fine without Rose

The Bulls overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to improve to 4-1 without Derrick Rose in the lineup this season.

Butler has filled the scoring void, averaging 30.6 per game in five games without Rose compared to 20.1 PPG in 27 games with Rose. Along with increasing his scoring average by more than 10 points per game, Butler's shooting percentage increases from 44 percent with Rose to 52.5 percent without Rose.

The team as a whole has been better without Rose, being outscored by 0.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor while outscoring opponents by 5.3 points per 100 with Rose on the bench.

With the victory, the Bulls have now won four consecutive games to move all the way up to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.