On May 30, Beijing time, the NBA playoffs continued. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat beat the Celtics 103-84 on the road, avoiding becoming the first team in NBA history to suffer a major comeback with a 3-0 lead, and win this season's NBA Eastern Conference championship, where they will face the Nuggets in the Finals.
In today's game, Butler's performance picked up a bit. In the game, Butler played a total of 43 minutes, shooting 12 of 28, including 3 of 7 three-pointers and 1 of 2 free throws, totaling 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
In the first quarter, Butler hit a three-and-three layup on a counterattack, followed by a defensive mid-range shot against Lowe, followed by a breakaway layup. Heading into the second quarter, Butler returned to the court after a short break, and he quickly hit a three-point shot from the bottom corner and then hit a jumper under the basket. Throughout the first half, Butler scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists on 5-of-11 shooting, leading the Heat to an 11-point lead.
At the start of the third quarter, Butler quickly made a 45-degree three-pointer on the right side, then faced Horford with a free throw, and then the Heat stalled on the offensive end, and Butler hit another 45-degree three-pointer on the left. In a single quarter, Butler scored eight points and three assists on 3-of-9 shooting, leading the Heat by 10 points to end the third quarter.
At the start of the final quarter, Butler hit a mid-range jumper and then a steal from Jaylen Brown on a counterattack dunk. Facing the Green Army's chasing points, Butler hit a layup on the basket and then made one of two free throws for a foul. With three and a half minutes left in the end, Butler completed a dunk to extend the lead to 20 points, and eventually helped the Heat win and top the Eastern Conference championship this season.
In the post-game awards, Butler won the Eastern Conference MVP!
According to the schedule, the Heat will host the Finals with the Nuggets on June 2, and the first two games of the Finals will be played at the Nuggets' home court. Butler will lead the Heat to continue the Black Eight Miracle and strive for the championship!