Jimmy Butler reacts to lighting up Celtics for 41 points in comeback victory

Butler's big performance leads the Heat to a Game 1 victory.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jimmy Butler reacts to lighting up Celtics for 41 points in comeback victory

The Miami Heat didn't make a convincing start to Game 1 of the Boston Celtics series but Jimmy Butler took the team on his shoulder and helped them seal a Game 1 victory. The Heat were down by eight at halftime but then won the third quarter 39-14 to overturn the deficit and take a commanding leading going into the final quarter.

The Heat ended up winning 118-107 as Butler led the way with 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists. "More than anything, it just shows us what we are capable of whenever we worry about getting stops, getting into the open floor, getting to the free throw line, all those good things," Butler said, per ESPN.

"It just reminds me, we can do it. I see it on this piece of paper. I lived it. So I expect us to do that every quarter from here on out."

Butler took the Heat on his shoulders

Butler himself outscored the Celtics in the third quarter as he scored 17 points, while the Celtics as a team scored 14 points.

"[We] got out-toughed, out-physicaled," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. "They looked like they came out in the second half and wanted to up their physicality and aggression on both ends, and they did that." The Heat lacked intensity and their usual in the first half.

When the players got into the locker at halftime, they were disappointed at themselves. "The guys were just really disappointed at halftime," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I barely needed to say anything. Everybody was just disappointed at our defensive effort and focus.

But look, this is a very good team that we're playing against. So it's not only us saying that, hey, we have to do that better. They are putting a lot of pressure on our defense, and that's what you expect when you get to this level."

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