The Heat forward put together one of the greatest individual performances in NBA playoff history on Monday night to put No. 8-seeded Miami on the brink of an unbelievable first-round upset.
A franchise playoff record 56 points from Butler led a 119-114 comeback win over the No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks in Miami, pushing the Heat's series lead to 3-1 over the 2021 NBA champions.
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Butler checked into the game at the 8:11 mark of the fourth quarter with the Heat trailing 98-87. He then led a 29-11 run with 18 points as Miami stunningly seized control of the game with a seven-point lead inside the final minute.
Butler almost single-handedly outscored the Bucks in the fourth quarter (25-21). His 56 points, on 19-for-28 shooting, are tied for the fourth-most in NBA playoff history behind Michael Jordan's 63, Elgin Baylor's 61 and Donovan Mitchell's 57. And he did it against the No. 1 overall seed.
The mesmerizing performance had NBA Twitter in awe:
They don't call him Jimmy Buckets for nothing.