A historic Butler keeps the Heat alive in the final
Thanks to the performance of a heroic Jimmy Butler, protagonist of a monumental triple-double with 40 points, the Miami Heat they defeated Los angeles lakers (115-104) in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and cut their deficit to 2-1.
The Heat again had the crucial injury casualties of two of their figures, Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo, but Butler led the resistance against the favorite Lakers with the best game of his career, in which he signed 40 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
The guard, who disputed the first final of his career in his first year in Miami, is the third player in history to achieve a triple-double with more than 40 points in a Finals, after LeBron James (2015) and Jerry West ( 1969).
Butler’s performance, supported by rookie Tyler Herro and backup center Kelly Olynyk, both with 17 points, managed to neutralize the Lakers superstar couple, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who had imposed their law in the first two games.
LeBron, meanwhile, finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. and Davis, who suffered personal foul problems, finished with a discreet 15 points and 5 rebounds.
We are not worried. We know we can play much better ”, stressed a LeBron James who ended up frustrated by the defeat and left the court with the game at stake and 9 seconds to go to head for the locker room.