Kyle Lowry had a short but a great reaction when asked about Jimmy Butler's big Game 6 performance, stating that it was "f------ incredible." On Friday night, the Miami Heat entered Game 6 with a must-win mentality as the Boston Celtics had a 3-2 lead and a chance to close out the series in front of their home fans.
However, Butler had other plans as he dropped a game-high 47 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists. The Heat won 111-103 and tied the series to three wins apiece. On Sunday, the Heat will host the Celtics in Game 7.
"Jimmy just brought his competitive will tonight," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, per ESPN. "It was a will that would not let us lose."
Lowry, Butler stepped up for the Heat
Lowry also had a good performance as he scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists.
After the game, Butler revealed Heat legend Dwayne Wade gave him a bit of a motivational speech before Game 6. "He was telling me that I could do this," Butler told ESPN's Lisa Salters after the game. "Knee a little banged up, but nobody cares.
Go out there, continue to build your legacy. It meant the world to me, so I appreciate you D-Wade." Before Game 6, Draymond Green said the Golden State Warriors would take on the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Heat heard Green and clapped back with their performance in Game 6.
"Tell Draymond I said, 'Thank you,'" veteran Heat forward P.J. Tucker told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt after the game Friday. "It's funny," Tucker explained a few minutes later in his postgame news conference. "We laughed. I thought it was funny because he knows better than anybody we still got to play the game.
Got to play. There's no guarantees of anybody winning in this league on a night-in and night-out basis. ... It's kind of weird to be a player and pick another team. I don't know."