Jaylen Brown said Jimmy Butler simply "had it rolling" and added there were shots Butler made the Boston Celtics would live with. The Miami Heat were facing an elimination in Game 6 and Butler was determined not to let his team exit the playoffs.
Butler went 16-of-29 from the field, knocked down 4-of-8 of his three pointers and also went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Butler finished the game with 47 points and the Heat earned a 111-103 win. "He just had it rolling," Brown said of Butler's performance, per ESPN.
"Made a lot of shots that, on film, we'll live with. Made 4 3s, I don't think he's made 4 3s in a game all playoffs. But tonight he came out and he was aggressive. "He played like his back was on the wall and he had an amazing game, and we just had no answers for him tonight.
We've got to do a better job ... we will do a better job on Sunday."
Brown didn't have a great second half, Butler dominated
Brown finished the game with 20 points but scored just two points in the second half. On the other side, Butler was torching the Celtics for pretty much the entire night.
The Heat won Game 6 in Boston and now they will have a chance to close out the series in Game 7 in Miami. The Heat will host the Celtics in Miami on Sunday night and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hopes Butler delivers another strong performance.
"I want our guys just to embrace this moment," Spoelstra said. "Jimmy Butler is a great competitor; he really is. You can mis-define him in a lot of different ways, but his competitive will is as high as anybody that has played this game. He put his fingerprints on this game."