Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/28/13
CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler returned to a reserve role Monday, but still scored a career-high 19 points as the Chicago Bulls held off the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85 at the United Center. Butler started the previous five games in place of forward Luol Deng, who was sidelined by a right hamstring strain. Deng was back in the starting lineup Monday against the Bobcats and scored 12 points. Chicago guard Nate Robinson added 15 points, while Joakim Noah finished with 18 rebounds, 13 points and 7 assists. This was Noah’s fourth straight game of at least 15 rebounds, a career first. Robinson led a surge at the start of the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of 3-point baskets to put the Bulls ahead 71-57 with 10:29 remaining. Charlotte battled back behind guard Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon, both scoring 18 points apiece. After Walker and Gordon knocked down respective 3-pointers, a pair of free throws by Jeff Adrian brought the Bobcats back to within 84-78 with 2:32 remaining. Butler gave Chi...
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