NEW YORK – He did it again.
Eight days after meeting a game-winning 3-pointers for his new team, 76ers star Jimmy Butler struck a shot from almost the same place on the floor by 2.3 seconds to play to give Philadelphia a 127-125 victory over Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
“Another game prepared by [Sixers coach Brett Brown] and my teammates have a lot of confidence in me to take a shot late,” Butler said. “I came to the place I wanted to come to. Raised and I knocked it down.”
The shot gave Philadelphia a victory after signing Brooklyn by 19 points halfway through the third quarter. It also strengthened Butler’s reputation as a player.
Since the start of the 201
5-16 season, Butler has five game wins with 10 seconds or less. Only Russell Westbrook (seven) has more in that thrill.
Since being traded to 76ers two weeks ago, Jimmy Butler is 2-in-3 on potential bets or forwards during the last 10 seconds of the game. All his Sixers teammates are 1 to 13 in the last two seasons of such shots. Mark Lennihan / AP
But Butler denied the idea that he is Sixers “go-to player in crunch time.”
“To tell the truth, there could have been someone,” he said. “They have a lot of confidence in me, but I have so much more confidence in these guys.”
It is worth noting that Butler is 2-against-3 on potential bets or forwards during the last 10 seconds of play since he was traded to Sixers two weeks ago. His first husband was a 3-pointer from the wing – almost the same spot as his shot on Sunday – to give Philadelphia an overtime win against Charlotte on November 17th.
All Butler Sixers teammates are 1 to 13 in the last two seasons of such shots.
Brown said after the match that his best option at Sixer’s final possession was that Butler would take a shot with his team trampled by one.
“Big-Time Player got into place and hit a big shot,” Joel Embiid said after scoring 32 points against Brooklyn.
Although it was not due to lack of confidence in his teammates, Butler shouted that he did not intend to
“I’m not even stunt. I’ll shoot that ball,” Butler said (34 points, 12 rebounds) because he went out of a timeout with just under 10 seconds to play. a smile. “That ball went up.”
Brown credited Butler for diving on the floor to force a jump ball of 12 seconds to play to set up Sixer’s final possession.
“He was massive going down the stretch,” said the coach.
Butler also made an important defensive game to set his former winner against Hornets. He blocked Kemba Walker’s shot on a 15-second run and then saved the ball from going out of bounds. Walker scored 60 points in the game.
“Jimmy did what Jimmy does and what he did for us before,” said Brown on Sunday.
Butler’s shot helped Philadelphia avoid what would have been a second consecutive defeat to a sub- .500 team. Sixers lost home Friday evening to Cleveland Cavaliers who had been hopeless on the way.
Philadelphia defended early against the net, behind 20 in the first half and the next 19 by 6:20 to play in the third quarter. Brown said the club started double-picking and rolling in the second half, which helped put Nets guards D & # 39; Angelo Russell (38 points) and Spencer Dinwiddie (31) down. Sixers outscored Brooklyn by 15 in the fourth quarter.
“We began to become more aggressive to get into the ball and do what we would do,” Butler said.