There will be a Game 6 in the NBA Finals, and a good chunk of the reason for that is the play of Jimmy Butler. The Miami Heat’s star man, the man who has changed the franchise simply through grit, will, and his impeccable attitude, outdueled LeBron James in Game 5 to keep his team in it. The 111-108 win saw Butler rack up 35 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.
Though he did finish with five points less than the aforementioned James, his triple-double outdid the former Heat star and saw off the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling match up that was closely contested throughout the four quarters. Had James had one more assist, however, things could have been much different. He drove with just a few ticks remaining and drew what seemed like the whole Heat team and bench, allowing him to kick the ball out to Danny Green for a three-pointer that could have won it. He missed- an open chance- and the Heat held on to win in large part due to that pivotal play. Duncan Robinson contributed 26 points for the Heat while Anthony Davis added 28 for the Lakers.