The Miami Heat won Game 6 in Boston to tie the series versus the Celtics but they were handed a $25k fine for "violating the NBA rules regarding team bench decorum." On Friday night in Boston, the Heat were playing with their season on the line.
Facing a playoff exit, the Heat stepped up and earned a 111-103 win to force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference Finals. On Saturday, the league announced a fine to the Heat. "On multiple occasions, several players stood for an extended period in Miami's team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on, encroaching upon or entering the playing court during live game action in the Heat's 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at TD Garden," the NBA said in a statement Saturday.
Butler didn't let the Heat lose Game 6
Butler has been absolutely great throughout the entire playoffs and in Game 6 he delivered one of his monster performances. Butler scored a game-high 47 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists.
"Jimmy just brought his competitive will tonight,"Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "It was a will that would not let us lose." The Heat showed a great fighting spirit in Game 6 and Spoelstra is hoping his players deliver a similar performance on Sunday and reach the NBA Finals.
"The gratitude and the opportunity, that's what we've talked about," Spoelstra said. "We have some great competitors in our locker room and this is competition at its highest, purest form. A Game 7, an elimination game for both teams.
Now if you're a competitor, you want this kind of scenario more than any other scenario that this game can provide. Our guys are looking forward to it." It remains to be seen if the Heat can win Game 7 and set up an NBA Finals series versus the Golden State Warriors.