Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was absolutely phenomenal in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers but he claimed the stats didn't matter to him, only the win. Butler scored a game-high and had a triple-double as he collected 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Heat win 115-104 and reduce the deficit to 2-1 in the series.
"We won," Butler said, per ESPN. "I could care less about a triple-double. "I hope the next game I score zero, and y'all talk like y'all wanna talk, and we win, so I can come up here and say the same thing."
During the first quarter, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James told Butler: "You're in trouble."
Butler answered to James with an outstanding performance
"It's competition at its finest," Butler said.
"I think LeBron got the best of me way too many times. I respect the guy for it, but this is a different time now, a different group of guys that I have around me." Butler, who signed with the Heat last offseason from the Philadelphia 76ers, is enjoying his time with the Heat.
"I go to war for those guys because whenever they're out there, they're going to war with and for me," Butler said. The Heat are now down 2-1 and Butler remains confident they can beat the Lakers and win then NBA championship.
"We're going to win," Butler said. "We're going to compete. We're not gonna lay down; we're gonna fight back in this thing and even it up 2-2." Jae Crowder, who played with Butler college basketball at Marquette, wasn't surprised a bit after Butler's outstanding performance in Game 3.
"He's always been the type of guy you can depend on," Crowder said of Butler. "Whatever you need -- not just scoring. He can get a big rebound or big foul or big charge. Whatever you need him to do, he'll come through."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team needed Butler to step and lead them to a win and their superstar did exactly that. "How else do you say it other than Jimmy F'ing Butler?" Heat coach Spoelstra said after the game.
"This is what he wanted; this is what we wanted. It's really hard to analyze or describe Jimmy, until you actually feel him between the four lines. He is a supreme, elite competitor."