By the numbers: Breaking down Butler's historic Game 6
However, Miami staved off elimination thanks to an all-time postseason performance from star wing Jimmy Butler.
The six-time All-Star put up a playoff career-high 47 points in the 111-103 victory. He nailed 16 of his 29 field goals, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, while knocking down all 11 of his free throws in 45 minutes of action.
Butler also added nine rebounds, eight assists, and four steals while tying a game high with a plus-12 mark on the floor.
Hitting tough jumper after tough jumper from the very start of the contest, Butler saved his best shot for last, dropping a fadeaway dagger to Celtics fans' hearts to push Miami's lead to six with under 45 seconds remaining.
Beyond the importance of Butler's performance in his team's playoff series, his mind-blowing statistics reached historic levels.
Butler became the first player in NBA playoff history to tally at least 47 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and four steals while making at least 50% of his field-goal attempts.
With his monstrous offensive output coming in Boston, Butler put up the second-most points ever in a playoff elimination game on the road, sitting just behind Wilt Chamberlain's 50 in 1960, according to The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds.
His prowess on the defensive end also created an all-time statistic, joining Michael Jordan as the only players to put up multiple 40-point, four-steal playoff games in the same series, according to HoopsHype's Michael Scotto, after having also done so in Game 1.
Butler's Game 6 dominance also mirrored another Heat legend in an eerily similar situation. Ten years ago, LeBron James' 45-point performance helped Miami overcome Boston in Game 6 of that year's Eastern Conference finals, also on the road.
The only other player in Miami history to put up at least 45 points in an elimination game was Dwyane Wade in 2010. Interestingly, Butler noted in his postgame interview that Wade reached out to encourage him leading up to the game.
"I got a phone call and text message from (him) earlier today, and he was telling me that I could do this. 'You know, knee a little banged up, but nobody cares. Go out there and continue to build your legacy,'" said Butler.
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