Jimmy Butler delivered a playoff performance to go down in history as he helped the Miami Heat win Game 4 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night and brought the best team in the Eastern Conference to the brink of elimination.
The star forward scored 56 points on 19-of-28 shooting and added nine rebounds and two assists as the Heat beat the Bucks 119-114. The Heat have a 3-1 series lead.
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Butler became the first Heat player to score 50 or more points in a single playoff game. That’s more than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Shaquille O’Neal have scored in a playoff game.
«It feels good to be the Miami Heat right now,» Butler said after the game. «For my team to get this dubbing, in this way, in this atmosphere, in this city, is huge.»
Bam Adebayo had 15 points and eight rebounds and Gabe Vincent had 10 points and eight assists.
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The Bucks rallied as many as 15 points during the game and began the fourth quarter leading by 14 points when Grayson Allen hit a 3-pointer from 27 feet. Behind Butler, the Heat would rally and stun the Bucks.
Milwaukee, which won the NBA championship just two seasons ago, now faces an elimination game at home after posting the league’s best record during the regular season. Butler said he was looking forward to potentially ending the Bucks’ season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo battled a back injury to play 38 minutes in the game. He posted a triple-double, scoring 26 points, dishing out 13 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Brook Lopez led the Bucks with 36 points in 39 minutes. He also had 11 rebounds.
Miami reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season only to lose to the Boston Celtics in seven games. The Bucks face the possibility of being eliminated from the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 playoffs when the team was managed by Joe Prunty.
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Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.