Jimmy Butler's Iconic, Heroic Game 6 Applauded as Heat Fend Off Celtics

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 28, 2022

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Jimmy Butler delivered a playoff performance for the ages with 47 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals as the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 111-103 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday at TD Garden.

The Heat's season was on the brink after back-to-back losses by a combined 33 points, with the C's entering the night with a 3-2 series lead.

Butler struggled significantly over that stretch with 19 points on 7-of-32 shooting. That came after Butler missed the second half of Game 3 with right knee inflammation.

On Friday, Butler had 19 points by the halfway point of the second quarter.

He finished the night shooting 16-of-29 from the field and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Butler also came up in the clutch with 26 second-half points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Naturally, NBA Twitter caught fire:

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

Jimmy Butler in an elimination game: <a href="https://t.co/S4WWqWocYj">pic.twitter.com/S4WWqWocYj</a>

br_betting @br_betting

Jimmy Butler with 40 carrying the Heat tonight 😂 <a href="https://t.co/jwKDIg4GdI">pic.twitter.com/jwKDIg4GdI</a>

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

JIMMY BUTLER TONIGHT: <a href="https://t.co/zgYgM2DxId">pic.twitter.com/zgYgM2DxId</a>

Courtney Fallon @CourtneyFallon_

Shades of LeBron Game 6 ten years ago. 40 points for Jimmy Butler right now. An absolute masterclass tonight.

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

This is such a sick Jimmy game. Boston’s D is elite and he’s shredding them.

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

Just a monster game from Jimmy Butler.

Warren Shaw 🇯🇲 @ShawSportsNBA

This is some legendary stuff from Butler tonight man.

Rich Hofmann @rich_hofmann

In absolute awe of this Jimmy performance.

Molly Morrison @mollyhannahm

jimmy butler was charging people $20 for a cup of coffee in the NBA bubble, this man has always been built different

Jimmy Wobler @WorldWideWob

never thought we'd see a more heroic Jimmy Butler performance than that finals game in the bubble but this will be up there if the Heat hold on to win. undoubtedly.

Fred Katz @FredKatz

Jimmy Butler. On a hurt knee. With whatever just happened to his ankle. Attacking constantly. In a consistent defensive stance. Draining jumpers and every free throw. Good grief. This is an all-timer for him.

Chris Williamson @CWilliamson44

Whatever happens tonight, Jimmy Butler gonna need an IV the way he playing and dealing with that knee issue.

We'll see what Butler has in store for an encore when the Heat head home to FTX Arena for Game 7 on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The winner will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.