May 27, 2022

Butler scores 45 to lead Heat to 2-0 series lead vs. Hawks


Jimmy Butler scored 45 points Tuesday night to lead the Miami Heat to a 115-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks and a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Butler, 32, had never scored more than 40 points in a playoff game before Tuesday and his 45-point total is the most he’s scored in any game since January 2017, while he was still with the Chicago Bulls. Butler joins Dwyane Wade and LeBron James as the only three players to score at least 45 for the Heat in a playoff game. In addition to his scoring onslaught, which included four three-pointers, Butler also added five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.