Jimmy Butler knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a career-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night.
It's the courageous performance that may have just signalled the start of the 76ers "big-three" rein as Simmons, Butler and Joel Embiid combined for a total of 71 points, which proved enough to dash the herculean effort of Kemba Walker's 60-point game. "I just wanted it to stop at 60".
You would have liked to see some of the other players step up and help Kemba out on the offensive end, but in the end, the team tried really hard, but came up short. He played his heart out, and had a chance to win the game, but ultimately got blocked by the man who hit the game-winning three-point shot, Jimmy Butler. Following a timeout, Butler sinked a three-pointer with less than one second left in overtime to secure the Sixers' victory. Walker held up his palms and shrugged after the ball went in, similar to that famous gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years ago with the Bulls. He made all 12 free throws and had seven rebounds and four assists.
Butler's play in the final seconds was the difference.More news: Austrian minister says Brexit is on track
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While Saturday night's thriller had several jaw-dropping statistics, sometimes the game just comes down to making plays. So he did what I wanted him to do [and drove].
"J.J. [Redick] walked on and said, 'I bet you won't call game on this one.' I had to listen to him".
Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Utah Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center on November 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As for the game-winner, he said it's a shot he practices often, and worked on it 50 times earlier that morning. He was forcing shots and just couldn't get comfortable, shooting 0-5 from the floor.