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NBA Summer League 2012, Bulls Vs. Rockets: Jimmy Butler Thrives Again In 96-88 Loss

In the second game of this year's summer league schedule, the Chicago Bulls lost 96-88 to the Houston Rockets after falling behind early once again. Like in the team's Tuesday night defeat to the Boston Celtics, the Bulls trailed early, climbed back into the game late, and ultimately lost.

But there's good news for Bulls fans, and it comes in the form of Jimmy Butler's play. In a league where success isn't necessarily measured by victories, and rather by the respective performances of certain young players, the Bulls have to be pleased with how the first two games have gone for their 2011 first round pick.

After putting up a game-high 25 points in Chicago's loss on Tuesday, Butler followed that up with 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Rockets on Wednesday. Considering that Butler also grabbed seven rebounds while committing just one turnover, this has to be considered another quality performance from the 6-foot-7 wing.

The team's 2012 first round pick, point guard Marquis Teague, looked much better in his second summer league game, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in addition to putting up five assists and five turnovers. In his first game, Teague put up eight points on 4-of-17 shooting with just one assist compared to six turnovers.

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