Former Miami Heat star and Marquette alum Dwyane Wade had nothing but praise for Jimmy Butler and his historic performance in the NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. The six-time All-Star and Miami Heat forward set a new franchise playoff record with 56 points in Game 4, leading his team to a 119-114 victory and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Wade, who also played at Marquette and made his mark with the Heat, fittingly congratulated Butler, saying, “There’s something about those Marquette boys when they put on that heat jersey.” The former Heat player also acknowledged that Butler had tied his own franchise record for most points in a quarter with 22 in the first, a testament to the player’s outstanding performance.
Butler’s performance was not only remarkable but also crucial for the Miami Heat’s chances of advancing in the playoffs. Despite the Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo returning from a back injury and notching a triple-double in a brilliant performance of his own, Butler proved to be too much for the Bucks to handle.
The Miami Heat forward poured in 22 of his team’s 28 points in the first quarter alone, displaying an impressive range of skills that included three-pointers, drives to the basket, and even a dunk over Antetokounmpo. Despite not having much help from his teammates for most of the game, Butler refused to let his team falter, finishing the contest on a 30-13 run that secured the victory for the Heat.
Wade acknowledged that Butler’s performance was not only impressive but also historic, etching his name in the record books and potentially flipping the race for the championship. Wade’s praise for Butler’s performance was echoed by NBA Twitter, which had nothing but love for the Miami Heat star during his all-time performance.
Jimmy Butler Record-Setting 56-Point Performance Leads Miami Heat to Victory
Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler put on a historic performance in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring a franchise playoff record of 56 points to secure a 119-114 comeback win.
Despite trailing by 14 points in the final quarter, Butler led his team on a 30-13 run, displaying a remarkable range of skills that included three-pointers, drives to the basket, and even a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo. Butler’s 56-point game was the fourth-highest scoring performance in NBA playoff history and a new personal career-high for him.
Butler’s incredible form has seen him average 36.5 points in the four playoff games so far, a significant increase from his regular season average of 22.9 points. When asked about his ‘Playoff Jimmy’ moniker, the 33-year-old said, “It’s not a thing. I just be hooping.”
Butler’s performance has been crucial for the Miami Heat’s chances of advancing in the playoffs, particularly with injuries to key players. Butler has shouldered the burden of an increased workload remarkably, as he looks to lead his team to the NBA championship. The Heat now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead over the No.1 seeded Bucks, who will look to bounce back in Game 5.