Chicago — Jimmy Butler was simply following orders from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
He kept shooting and the ball kept going in.
Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
After scoring 25 points in Game 1, Butler trumped that with another terrific performance. He was at his best down the stretch, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"Jo, Derrick were telling me to score the ball — literally telling me to shoot and not to pass up any shots," Butler said. "I was feeling it a little bit so I just put the ball in the basket."
Butler hit 4 of 5 shots in the fourth and all three 3-pointers after missing his first six from long range.
Rose scored all of his 15 points in the second half after dominating in the series opener.
Pau Gasol added 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 12 points. Noah grabbed 19 rebounds and the third-seeded Bulls dominated on the glass 64-48 while taking a commanding lead in the series.
Game 3 is Thursday at Milwaukee.
Khris Middleton led the sixth-seeded Bucks with 22 points, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 12.
"They've been in the playoffs before so they understand this moment," said coach Jason Kidd, whose team shot about 36 percent. "For us, it's to make it hard for everybody. Pau — we're trying to make it hard on him. Rose, Dunleavy, it doesn't matter who it is. Butler got going there. We just couldn't slow him down."
(At) Warriors 97, Pelicans 87: Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists and Golden State regrouped from an early deficit to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
The top-seeded Warriors fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter after a strong start by the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. A big burst before halftime pushed the Warriors ahead, and they did just enough in the closing moments to put away the pesky Pelicans.
Game 3 is Thursday in New Orleans.
Davis had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gordon scored 23 points for the Pelicans.