Jimmy Butler made sure to leave no doubt when he walked off the floor during last night’s game against the Boston Celtics. The Miami Heat forward is gunning for an NBA championship. Butler got his team off to a great start in the conference finals while making history along the way.
The Heat picked up a 118-107 home win to take early control of the series. Jimmy Butler dropped 41 points to will his squad to victory. The fact that he averaged one point per minute played wasn’t even Butler’s most impressive stat.
Jimmy Butler recorded nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocks in addition to the huge point total. It was the first time in the history of the NBA Playoffs that an individual hit those numbers. Steals and blocks were added to NBA stat sheets starting in 1974.
The historic effort was supplemented by an 18-point, 8 rebound effort from Tyler Herro. Gabe Vincent dropped 17 points for Miami as well. The Celtics were led by strong efforts from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but it was not enough.
Game two of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off tomorrow at 8:30 PM Eastern. Jimmy Butler will be looking to do even more damage as Miami tries to extend their lead. With the Heat just seven wins away from a title, Butler and company will be putting their best foot forward.
Butler’s huge stat line might be difficult to recreate two nights in a row. If the Heat can get some more secondary scoring, they may waltz directly into the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler is hoping there’s just a little more magic in the tank as he tries to bring home a trophy.
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