With Miami trying to take a 3-1 lead within the first-round NBA Playoff sequence, Jimmy was a bucket ready to occur.
Two video games after dropping a playoff career-high 45 factors, Butler related on 12-of-21 pictures for 36 factors whereas including 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in an excellent all-around efficiency.
Atlanta held a one-point lead after the primary quarter earlier than Miami outscored it by 15 factors within the second stanza. It was just about over from there with Trae Young and Co. struggling towards an elite Miami protection.
All stated, the Hawks scored a mere 86 factors within the ugly 24-point dwelling loss. Young was locked down by the likes of Jimmy Butler as soon as once more — scoring 9 factors whereas taking pictures a mere 3-of-11 from the sphere and ending minus-27 in 36 minutes of motion.
Even with out Kyle Lowry (hamstring) within the combine, the Miami Heat offense was deadly all through the sport. In addition to Jimmy Butler dropping 36 factors, all 4 different members of the Heat beginning lineup chipped in with double-digit factors. That included Max Strus scoring 12 factors whereas ending plus-34. Gabe Vincent added 11 factors and three 3-pointers in Lowry’s stead.
Now up 3-1 within the first-round sequence, Miami can shut issues out Tuesday evening in South Beach. For his half, Butler is averaging 30.5 factors, 7.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and a couple of.8 steals by the primary 4 video games of the sequence. That’s insane.