After falling behind 3-2 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Erik Spoelstra only wanted to force a Game 7. Prior to Game 6, Spoelstra remarked, “If you want to break through and punch a ticket to the Finals, you’re going to have to do some unbelievably tough stuff.” “Getting to Boston and figuring it out as a group, those are the emotions and breakthroughs that you remember for the rest of your life.” Thanks to Jimmy Butler, Spoelstra got his wish. Now it’s time for Game 7. With a courageous 111-103 away win in Game 6 on Friday, the Heat forced a series finale. Butler would not be denied, scoring 47 points in the playoffs for the second time in his career.
In a magnificent, series-extending performance, he finished with 47 points after scoring 13, six and eight in the previous three games. He also collected nine rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a block.Given the competitor he is and with the Heat’s season on the line, it’s not a surprise Butler delivered that performance.
Butler had 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals — in the first half. Butler clearly isn’t 100% and missed the second half of Game 3 with right knee inflammation, but it didn’t matter in Game 6
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