NBA Playoffs – LeBron with Too Much Coffee: How Jimmy Butler Prevented the Miami Heat from Leaving the Boston Celtics

Jimmy Butler kept the Miami Heat alive with a celebratory performance. Game 6 against the Boston Celtics brings back memories of the famous LeBron James game nearly ten years ago at TD Garden.

How history repeats itself. The Boston Celtics still have to wait for their final appearance for the first time in twelve years, and for the third time in a row they have lost a closing game at their TD Garden. In 2012 and 2018, LeBron James stood in their way, and this time it was Jimmy “James” Butler (Copy to: Brett Brown), who brought back memories of LeBron’s famous 2012 match with 47 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals.

At the time, the Big Three around LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were on the verge of collapsing in Game Six, but James saved Miami with a 45-15-5 gala in Game Seven and won his first title a few weeks later. The current Heat team has yet to walk away, but Butler’s performance was no less impressive.

One of the Big Three members at the time even approached Butler before the match, as he revealed after the match. “D-Wade wrote me before the game and said I could do it. My knee might hurt, but nobody cares. Get out there and write your own story. It meant a lot to me.”

And the butler made history. Only Wilt Chamberlain scored more points than the 32-year-old (50) in the 1960 elimination match, but Butler missed the 2014 playoff franchise record for LeBron James by just two points. So far, the NBA has never seen a 47-9-8-4 perform with at least 50 percent of the field.

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