A career-best playoff performance by Jimmy Butler helped the fifth-seeded Miami Heat to a Game 1 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Butler scored 14 of his playoff career-high 40 points in the fourth quarter. Butler joined franchise legends LeBron James and Dwayne Wade as the only players in franchise history to reach 40 points in a playoff game.
“I felt like I took it up a level in the fourth quarter,” Butler said. “If that needs to happen every game, I have got to be able to do it. But we have got so many guys capable of doing it for us.”
“We just play the right way. We talk about the things we are going to do in the scouting report before the game. We watch the film. Attention to detail has been key.” he added. “We talked about not turning the ball over, getting the ball to the open guy and making them make decisions at the rim. I think we did that. And we got one.”
Head coach Erik Spoelstra praised butler’s performance post-game, saying “He just fits everything about us, our fabric, who we are,” Spoelstra said. “Everybody feels comfortable when he is making those decisions. He happened to score tonight but he is a very unselfish player. It’s not just about him. He wants these kinds of moments.”
MVP favourite Giannis Antetokounmpo had a torrid night from the free-throw line scoring just 4-12 on the night. “He just has to stick with his routine, stick with what he has been doing, continue to have a lot of confidence, continue to attack, continue to get to the free throw line,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is going to make them. We have total faith in him.”