No Bam Adebayo or Goran Dragic for Game 3? No problem.
At least, it wasn’t a problem Sunday, as Jimmy Butler carried the Miami Heat to a 115-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals.
The wing dropped 40 (!) points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the win. And he did so, somehow, without a single 3-point attempt.
Butler became the third player in Finals history to record a 40-point triple-double, joining Jerry West and LeBron James, as noted by ESPN’s Malika Andrews. It was his second 40-point showing in this year’s playoffs, matching James and Dwayne Wade for the most in a single postseason in Heat franchise history.
The Lakers’ advantage in the series is down to one, with Game 4 scheduled for Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.