NBA: Jimmy Butler betters Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record with 40-point second half

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dribbling around Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) at the Air Canada Centre on Jan 3, 2016.
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dribbling around Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) at the Air Canada Centre on Jan 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS - JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan's franchise record for the most points in a half with 40 as the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-113 in a National Basketball Association game on Sunday (Jan 3).

Butler, who scored two points in the first half before exploding for 40 in the second, surpassed Jordan's mark of 39, which the NBA icon set against the Milwaukee Bucks in February 1988.

The 26-year-old shooting guard rattled in a clutch three-pointer with 30 seconds left as the Bulls beat the Raptors for the second time in six days.

"He just couldn't miss. It was unbelievable," teammate Taj Gibson said of Butler, who totalled 42 points on the night.