Jimmy Butler had a terrific game on Sunday night when he gave his Miami Heat the first win of the Finals thanks to an incredible performance that put him among elite names. Butler finished the game with a triple-double but not a 'regular' one; he unleashed all his power and dropped 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Heat's victory.
In doing so, Jimmy became the first player to outscore, outrebound and out-assist LeBron James in a Finals game. Bron's teammates included, nobody was able to do that before Sunday night when Jimmy went full beast mode and dominated the King and his Lakers.
Curiously, Jimmy joined LeBron and Jerry West as the only three players to have a 40+ pt triple-double in the Finals.
It was definitely a terrific night for Jimmy; he also became the first person in Finals history to have a 40-point triple-double while shooting 70% from the field. Only Charles Barkley (Conference Finals), Chris Webber, Magic Johnson, and Wilt Chamberlain achieved this feat before (regular season).
To make things better, he did it without shooting a single 3-pointer, emulating what Shaquille O'Neal did in 2002.
LeBron finished the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The King had a good game but he wasn't as dominant as he was in the first two games. He left the game amid controversy and the Heat should expect a reloaded version of Bron after this match.
As for Butler, regardless of all the records he set and broke, his only goal is winning, as he said following the game.
“Win,” Butler said. “I don’t care about triple-doubles. I don’t care about none of that. I really don’t. I want to win. We did that. I’m happy with the outcome.”
Game 4 will take place on Tuesday night, with the Lakers hoping to win their third game of the series and the Heat trying to tie everything.