Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler found himself in the company of some phenoms tonight after a 56-point explosion against the Milwaukee Bucks that rivals the greatest playoff performances in NBA history.
Butler shot 22 in the first quarter alone, including an impressive two-handed slam over MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounpo.
The Bucks were up 33 to 28 after the first period. The Heat soon found themselves down 7 at halftime, falling behind by 11 early in the fourth quarter. The stage was set for the upper hand of “Jimmy Buckets” and his Heat teammates.
Miami clawed back 14 points in the final quarter to take home the victory, along with an imposing 3-to-1 lead in the best-of-7 NBA playoff series.
Butler finished with 56 points, his new career-high. He shot 19 of 28 from the field, 15 of 18 from the free throw line and added 9 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler’s performance ranks him fourth all-time in scoring in a single playoff game along with Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain. Jordan holds the all-time record with 63 in 1986 against the Boston Celtics..
Jimmy Butler finished with 56 points, the most in Heat postseason history.
It is tied for the 4th-most in a playoff game in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/Ai97NZTYLc
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 25, 2023