One game at a time is how NBA championships are won, and last night’s game 5 NBA Finals matchup made that point crystal clear. Jimmy Butler and his Miami Heat eeked out the hardest fought hardwood battle of the year, beating Lebron James’ Los Angeles Lakers 111 – 108, denying “The King” his 4th NBA title.
Putting on what many are calling a legendary tour de force performance, Jimmy Butler donated 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, willing his team to victory and banging it out until the very last second. Exhausted far beyond the limits of mere mortals, “Jimmy Buckets” pure stroked two pairs of free throws in the last 16 seconds of the game, giving the Heat a 1-point lead they would not give up.
In his postgame interview Jimmy told reporters…
“I left it all out on the floor along with my guys. And that’s how we’re gonna have to play from here on out. Like I always say: It’s win or win for us.”
The win makes the Miami Heat’s once bleak looking prospects a little bit brighter as the sun comes up in Orlando Saturday morning. Jimmy admitted not even they thought they would win game 5 against the dominant Lakers team. In truth, they did get a noticeable assist from LA’s 3-point shooter, Danny Green – he missed a wide open trey at the top of the key with 10 seconds left in the game. You can’t win ’em all.
The Miami Heat live to ball another day. Clutch basketball is such a rush, and we could be watching the makings of a legendary NBA Finals with this one. Game 6 goes down this Sunday at 7:30 PM. Until the next time it drips….