Heat Scorch Lakers in Game Three
Jimmy Butler has willed the Miami Heat to victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Butler recorded a triple-double of 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds while playing 45 minutes of the Heat's 115-104 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was 14 for 20 from the field in the third 40-point triple-double in finals history.
Butler allowed Miami to pull within two games to one in the series.
Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk each had 17 points for Miami, which got 13 from Duncan Robinson and 12 from Jae Crowder.
LeBron James had 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, while Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris each had 19 points off the bench. Anthony Davis managed 15 for Los Angeles.
with files from Associated Press