LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida. — In order to force a Game 6 of the NBA finals, Jimmy Butler had to give everything he had.
The Miami Heat star drove himself to exhaustion in finishing a 35-point, triple-double masterpiece, and it still nearly wasn’t enough to beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-108 on Friday.
Butler expects an even taller task as the Heat once again try to stave off elimination Sunday night (Monday in Manila) at the NBA bubble near Orlando.
“I think it’s going to be even harder for us next game,” said Butler, who added 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his second triple-double in the past three games. “But I like our chances.”