NBA players react to Jimmy Butler’s season-saving Game 5 performance

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The Miami Heat have shocked the basketball world once again by winning Game 5 of the NBA Finals to keep their championship hopes alive.

All-Star forward Jimmy Butler eviscerated the Los Angeles Lakers with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals to carry Miami to a hard-fought 111-108 victory.

The NBA community took to social media to praise Butler for his heroic performance.

The Heat trailed the series 1-3 coming into Friday’s contest, and they were considered underdogs as they were without starting guard Goran Dragic yet again.

But they took an early lead and withstood a fourth quarter Lakers rally to hold on for a season-saving win.

In the Heat’s first victory in this series in Game 3, Butler had a triple-double with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists.

If Miami is to do the unthinkable and win the NBA title, the Marquette University product will likely need two more such monster games.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.