Miami Heat forward P.J. Tucker says Jimmy Butler is dedicated to the hard work so it should not be a surprise that he is having an outstanding playoff run. On Tuesday night in Miami, Butler delivered another big performance this postseason as he scored a game-high points 41 points to lead the Heat to a 118-107 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1.
Besides 41 points, Butler also had nine rebounds and five assists. "He takes care of his body, comes in and works on his game everyday. He does everything he needs to do to be able to be a great player," Tucker said, per ClutchPoints.
"He takes care of his body, comes in and works on his game everyday. He does everything he needs to do to be able to be a great player."
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Butler dominated in Game 1
The Heat made a slow start to Game 1 as the Celtics were up by eight at halftime.
In the third quarter, Butler led the charge for the Heat as Miami won that quarter 39-14 to take a 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Butler scored 17 points in the third quarter, three more points than the entire Celtics team scored.
"More than anything, it just shows us what we are capable of whenever we worry about getting stops, getting into the open floor, getting to the free throw line, all those good things," Butler said. "It just reminds me, we can do it.
I see it on this piece of paper. I lived it. So I expect us to do that every quarter from here on out." The Heat weren't happy with the way they started the game and they openly discussed it in the locker room at halftime.
Whatever was said in the locker room obviously helped as the Heat absolutely crushed the Celtics in the third quarter. The Celtics won the first, second and fourth quarters but still lost as the Heat winning the third quarter by a 25-point was the key in Game 1.
"The guys were just really disappointed at halftime," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I barely needed to say anything. Everybody was just disappointed at our defensive effort and focus. But look, this is a very good team that we're playing against.
So it's not only us saying that, hey, we have to do that better. They are putting a lot of pressure on our defense, and that's what you expect when you get to this level." The Heat will host the Celtics in Game 2 on Thursday night.