After the scoring night of his life, Jimmy Butler insisted: "I don’t want to be a star. I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team."

Too late.

After dropping a career-high 35 points on the New York Knicks on Thursday at the United Center, Butler followed it up with 31 in a 103-97 win over the white-hot Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at FedEx Forum.

It was the 16th 20-plus-point effort in 24 games this season for the third-year guard from Marquette. In 48 hours, he raised his scoring average — from 20.9 to 21.9 — and the odds that he might have to make a February detour to New York for an All-Star Game.

“Every time the game was hanging in the balance, Jimmy came through with a big play for us,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Clutch play after clutch play. Great defense. No possessions off. You can’t say enough about what he does. People are game planning for him too, (but) he’s making the right play and that’s the important thing.”

Butler, who was 11 of 21 for the night, cut off Memphis runs with a circus baseline jumper at the end of the third quarter, a running bank shot that led to a three-point play at the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter and an 11-foot stepback number that made it 94-88 with 1:21 left. After the Grizzlies closed to 99-97 with 13.8 seconds left, the Bulls closed out with four free throws — the last two by Butler who was 9-of-9 from the stripe.

On a night where Derrick Rose stayed back in Chicago with a stomach bug and Taj Gibson remained hobbled with a bad ankle, Butler once again filled the void with ridiculous ease.