Miami Heat offensive guard Jimmy Butler scored 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in the third game of the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers (115:104, 1-2).
Butler is the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 25 points and 10 assists in two consecutive finals games. Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Stephen Curry managed to do it earlier. Jimmy is the second player in the Miami Heat franchise to score a triple-double in the NBA finals. LeBron James scored four triple-doubles in the final while playing in Miami.
Butler is the third player in NBA finals history to make a 40 — point triple-double. He joins Jerry West (may 5, 1969) and LeBron James (June 14, 2015). Butler is the first player to score at least 40 points in a finals game without a three — point attempt since Shaquille o’neal on June 7, 2002. Overall, he is only the third player to do so in a finals match, joining o’neill (who had five such games) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Butler is averaging 29.3 points, 10.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds in the first three games of his career with a 58/40/90 accuracy line. The only other player in NBA history to score at least 25 points and 10 assists per game in the first three games of the finals in his career is Michael Jordan (32.7 points, 11.3 assists in 1991).
Jimmy Butler is only the third player in NBA history to score at least 40 points with an accuracy of 70% or higher in the final game. The others are wilt Chamberlain (may 6, 1970) and Kyrie Irving (June 13, 2016).
Miami released a starting five with 3 white players in the NBA finals for the first time in the 21st century
The third game of the NBA finals series between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers ended. The meeting was held at the IPN Wide world of sports arena in reunion (USA) and ended with a victory for Miami with a score of 115:104. Thus, the score in the series to four wins was 2-1 in favor of the Lakers.
In the starting lineup, Miami went to the site Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jay Crowder, and Meyers Leonard. For the first time in the twenty-first century, three white players (Hirrow, Robinson, and Leonard) appeared in the team’s start in the NBA finals. The last time the Utah jazz (John Stockton, Jeff Hornasek, Adam Keefe, Greg foster, and Carl Malone) did this was in 1998.