Watch Jimmy Butler bury buzzer-beater, Nets in Bulls’ comeback win

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The Brooklyn Nets appeared headed for the unlikely upset road win. But Jimmy Butler had a different idea, winning the game, 101-99 for the Chicago Bulls with a buzzer-beater game-winner.

The Nets, playing without injured starter Jeremy Lin, was in control with over two minutes to go in the game. Brooklyn held the lead, 97-90 but the Bulls went on an 11-4 run to end the game, capped by the clutch jumper from Chicago’s franchise player.

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Butler clutches at crunch time

Butler was hot all game shooting an efficient 14-of-29 from the field and finished with 40 points. Chicago needed the Butler explosion with only two players, Dwyane Wade (13 points on 5-of-13 FGs) and Robin Lopez (12 points) ending up in double-figures.

But that was enough for the Bulls, who stepped up their defense at crunch time.

The Nets wasted Brook Lopez’s 30-point effort. The Nets also got 18 points from Sean Kilpatrick, who pushed the lead to seven with 3:01 to go in the game.

But Butler hit a three-pointer, then made two free throws to cut down the lead to a single basket with 1:50 to go. Rajon Rondo (12 assists) made the steal and an assist to Michael Carter-Williams, who made the game-tying lay-up.

Butler was clutch late giving the Bulls a 99-97 lead before Lopez tied the game for the Nets.

Watch Jimmy Butler buries the jumper and the Nets here:

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The Bulls improved to 10-6 at home and 16-16 overall. Chicago has won back-to-back games after a recent three-game losing streak. They face the Indiana Pacers on Friday for their final game of the year.

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Watch full Nets vs. Bulls highlights here:

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Brooklyn dropped to 8-23, half a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, the worst team in the league. The Nets were so close to their first back-to-back wins this season but could not play defense at crunch time. Brooklyn visit the Washington Wizards in their next game.

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