Jimmy Butler made ‘an impossible shot’ Monday night to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The six-time All-Star dribbled from the three-point arc and rolled backwards past P.J. Tucker. He then leaped under the rim and over Tucker and Joel Embiid for a reverse layup.
The shot came with 1:28 left in the game, which was played in Philadelphia, and put Miami up 100-99. Butler then drained a free throw with 8.1 seconds on the clock after being fouled by James Harden for the final point of the game.
Butler finished with a team-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds and nine assists. Embiid finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Heat, who play the 76ers again on Wednesday.
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Butler, who is averaging 21.9 points per game, exchanged some words with Tucker and Embiid throughout the game, which he said were all in the spirit of friendly competition.
‘Those are my brothers. Anybody I’m in the trenches with I have mad respect for and they’re a really good team,’ he said in a post-game interview. ‘They’ve been playing incredibly well all year long. But always want to beat them, always want to beat any team that we go up against.’
‘But I hate you P.J.,’ he finished with a playful smile.