Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler Shines And The Heat Are On Fire

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder (99) holds the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat got it done on Sunday by playing their brand of basketball.

It was the Miami Heat brand of basketball that got them to where they are today… in an NBA Finals series that is far from over. Let’s go over a few other things that happened on Sunday night though.

Anthony Davis and Lebron James combined for a total of 13 turnovers. Jimmy Butler had the third-most points scored in an NBA Finals game in Miami Heat franchise history.

The only other person to score as many or more than that in the playoffs in Miami Heat franchise history the greatest player to ever lace them up for the franchise, Dwyane Wade, who scored 42 and 43 points in Games 3 and 5 in 2006 during the Miami Heat’s series against the Dallas Mavericks.

That was what I referenced in the beginning. In 2006, the Miami Heat found themselves down 0-2 in the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, but do you think that stopped the Miami Heat? It absolutely did not.

The Miami Heat won four consecutive games after that to win their first NBA Championship title, a great team that was further helped along by none other than Shaquille O Neal. While we don’t have Dwyane Wade or Shaquille O Neal out there now, after last night’s game, I’m starting to gain a certain level of confidence that we may be able to accomplish the same thing that was done that season.

That is, perhaps, win the NBA Championship. It’s also worth noting that Jimmy Butler joined Lebron James (when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers) from 2015 and “The Logo” in Jerry West from 1969, as the only two players to achieve a triple-double in the NBA Finals.

The last Jimmy Butler tidbit I’d like to point out is this. Jimmy was the first player to drop 40 points in the Finals without attempting a three-pointer since Shaquille O’ Neal in 2002 when he was on the very team that the Miami Heat are currently facing.