While amazing performances continue to come out of Oklahoma City, Houston and elsewhere, Dwyane Wade says he believes Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler shouldn't take a backseat to any of them.

"He's playing as good as anybody in the league right now," Wade told ESPN.com on Saturday after the Bulls' 123-118 win over the Toronto Raptors. "What he's doing in the fourth quarter is even more impressive than the stat line at the end of the day. That stat line is amazing, but everybody knows we're going to Jimmy. And to still be able to make those plays, make those things, it's incredible. And then to still guard one or two of the other best players on the other end of the floor in the fourth, that's impressive, man. He's playing out of this world right now. His confidence is out the roof, and that goes a long way."

Wade's comments came after Butler scored 42 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, pulling the Bulls out of a 19-point deficit to win a hard-fought game over the Raptors. Over his past five games, Butler is averaging 33.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists. What is most impressive to Wade and Butler's teammates and coaches is how the All-Star swingman continues to play down the stretch in games. Butler scored 32 of his 42 points in the second half and overtime and went 18-for-20 from the foul line.

"So many guys in this league have talent," Wade said. "Everyone in this league has talent. There's a lot of things that separate guys and that's one of them -- the mentality. The mentality that it takes to -- even if you're having a bad game like in Cleveland he wasn't shooting well, to still be able to do that in the clutch, that's big time. Those players, those are special players right there. And he's putting himself in the category of just special."

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says he believes Butler has elevated himself into the MVP conversation with his recent play.