Bulls Notebook: Chicago Rides Jimmy Butler To Five-Game Winning Streak

The Chicago Bulls shook off a three-game losing streak, and have now won five impressive games in a row behind the play of Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 26 points and six assists per game during this stretch. Let's get you up to speed with the week that was and the week ahead with our Bulls Notebook update:

Last Week:
Chicago ended 2015 with a 102-100 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers, giving them second place in the division behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls returned to the court on New Year's Day where they outscored the Knicks 31-8 in the fourth quarter for the 108-81 win.

Next up was perhaps's Butler's most impressive performance of the season. Chicago trailed Toronto by 12 points at halftime of their game on Jan. 3, but Butler broke Michael Jordan's franchise record for most points in a half, scoring 40 in the second to lead the Bulls to the 115-113 win.

Chicago then closed the week with a 117-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday, controlling that game from start to finish.

What's Next?
The Bulls host the Celtics in the first game of a TNT doubleheader on Thursday, after which they'll travel to take on the Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday. Then Chicago returns home to play the Wizards on Monday, Jan. 11 in the first game of the back-to-back as they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Center Joakim Noah will not play on Thursday against Boston as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Point guard Derrick Rose is dealing with nagging knee and hamstring injuries, but managed to play in their win over the Bucks this past Tuesday, scoring 16 points with dropping six assists.

What They're Saying:
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