Jimmy Butler had a performance for the ages in the Miami Heat's 115-104 triumph in Game 3 of the NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 45 minutes.
Butler led the team like he's done all year. He stepped up when it mattered the most, got his teammates involved, and got a much-needed win despite being shorthanded by the losses of Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic. Moreover, he never stopped believing in his team's ability to get the win and, according to analyst Rob Perez, he even believed that they should have been favored for Game 3:
"Jimmy Butler is the one person on this planet crazy enough to believe the Heat should have been favored to win this game. The actual crazy part about this is he was right," Perez tweeted.
Butler had a legacy-defining game for sure. He joined Jerry West and LeBron James as the only three players to ever get a 40-point triple-double in the history of the NBA Finals.
He also became the first player to ever outscore and out-assist LeBron James (28 points, 8 assists) in an NBA Finals game, which is a lot to say considering he's been to that stage 10 times throughout his career.
Butler joined Chris Webber, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to ever have a 40-point triple-double with 70+% FG percentage.
And if that wasn't enough, it seems like Jimmy Butler had the second-greatest performance in the history of the NBA Finals in terms of Game Score (42), trailing only LeBron James's 42.5 thanks to his 41 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists on 59% FG) vs the Golden State Warriors in 2016.