The Heat seized a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to Jimmy Butler’s 41 points and contributions from Tyler Herro (18) and Gabe Vincent (17). Butler’s terrific gameplay was the major contributing factor in helping the Miami gain one up from the Celtics.
Jimmy Buttler helped the Miami Heats snatch the advantage from Boston Celtics
Butler scored 41 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field and 17-of-18 shooting from the free throw line. Butler’s sixth 40-point game while shooting 60% from the field, according to ESPN Stats and Info, is tied for third most in the last 30 postseasons with Charles Barkley. LeBron James (12) and Shaquille O’Neal ( 8 ) are the only players with more.
Despite the absence of Marcus Smart (mid-foot sprain) and Al Horford (health and safety regulations), the Celtics jumped out to a large first-half advantage that grew to 13 points.
However, the second half was a complete disaster. The Heat took advantage of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s inability to stop turning the ball over, going on a 20-2 run to erase the deficit. Jimmy Butler intercepted pass after pass as Tatum committed seven turnovers, and Brown didn’t find his cheval until the fourth quarter. The Celtics led the Heat in the first, second, and fourth quarters, but the Heat won the third quarter 39-14, putting the game out of reach owing to Butler’s heroics.
Butler had a fantastic all-around effort aside from the points. He grabbed nine rebounds, had five assists, had four steals, and blocked three shots. Butler completed the game with a plus/minus of +25 after 41 minutes on the court.
Twitter went Berserk with Jimmy’s Outstanding performance
Butler’s performance was nothing short of a finale gameplay, he outsmarted every player on the floors, paving Miami’s path for victory in the Game 1. Twitteratti had a lot to say: