The Bulls defeat of the Orlando Magic in triple overtime set two records on Wednesday night. The first was the franchises second triple-OT contest in one season – the first came on Dec. 2 at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The second record was Jimmy Butler’s 60 minutes of playing time on the court.
"Y'all can go with me right now because I can't move," Butler said to reporters to while icing his knees in the locker room after the game. The shooting guard gave credit to the hard-nosed style of basketball the Bulls play that led to his record night.
“We're grimy and we play as a team,” he said. “There's no guy who doesn't give all their effort on every single play. When you play like that, good things happen. The basketball gods will reward you."
Tom Thibodeau has long been chided for overworking his players with heavy minutes, but joked afterwards about Butler’s workload.
"That's my favorite TV show," quipped the head coach.