Jimmy Butler carried the Miami Heat to a thrilling Game 4 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
In likely the greatest game of his career, Butler set a franchise postseason record by scoring 56 points. Per ESPN Stats & Info, it’s tied for the fourth-most points in an NBA playoff game.
Jimmy Butler ended with 56 points, the most in Heat postseason history.
It is tied for the 4th-most in a playoff game in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/Ai97NZTYLc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 25, 2023
Butler led the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed to an improbable comeback with 21 fourth-quarter points. Viewers are processing the awe-inspiring performance.
“We really witnessed history from Jimmy Butler tonight,” SLAM said. “Let’s appreciate that.”
We really witnessed history from Jimmy Butler tonight.
Let's appreciate that. pic.twitter.com/Eyh9WQbWxH
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 25, 2023
“Absolutely 0 exaggeration, this is an all-time playoff performance by Jimmy Butler,” Josh Reynolds of the Associated Press stated. “I’ve never seen anything like it … Absolutely incredible.”
Absolutely 0 exaggeration, this is an all-time playoff performance by Jimmy Butler. I’ve never seen anything like it. 51 Points on 28 shots. Absolutely incredible.pic.twitter.com/3VbnbVHiTl
— Josh Reynolds (@JoshReynolds24) April 25, 2023
“Jimmy Butler becoming the GOAT as soon as the playoffs begin is crazy every time it happens,” The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner said.
Jimmy Butler becoming the GOAT as soon as the playoffs begin is crazy every time it happens pic.twitter.com/Cib9YJBBFq
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 25, 2023
“Greatest playoff game in HEAT HISTORY,” NBA Central declared.
JIMMY BUTLER TONIGHT:
Greatest playoff game in HEAT HISTORY pic.twitter.com/WM3tSwtRXn
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 25, 2023
The top-seeded Bucks seemed poised to even the series with Giannis Antetokounmpo returning. However, Butler had other plans.
The six-time All-Star made 19 of his 28 field goals and 15 of 18 free throws. He surrendered just one turnover during the Herculean performance.
Miami is one victory away from eliminating Milwaukee, which won an NBA-high 58 games during the regular season. The Heat will get their first of three chances to stun the Bucks on Wednesday night.