Jimmy Butler tied LeBron James for the most 30-point triple-doubles in Miami Heat history after his show-stopping performance against the New Orleans Pelicans. Butler’s latest 30-point triple-double is the 4th of his career, all of which have come while playing for the Heat.
With 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Pelicans, Butler powered his team to their third successive victory in his first game back from injury. Butler’s first two 30-point triple-doubles came against the LA Lakers in the 2020 Playoffs. His third came against the LA Clippers in the 2020-2021 Regular Season. Butler currently has 8 triple-doubles in total for the Heat, second only to LeBron who has 9.
Butler wasn’t the only player on fire as the the Heat overcame the Pelicans 113-98. Tyler Herro recorded 19 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, while P.J. Tucker claimed 13 points and 4 rebounds. Speaking on his team’s performance as a whole, Butler told reporters:
“All in all, we got the win. We got the dub. We didn’t start off the way we wanted to start off. I thought that we thought that, you know, this was gonna be handed to us, but we corrected it and played the way we were supposed to play.”
The win means the Heat are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference standings. While Butler made his return from injury to break LeBron James’s record, James is currently still sidelined for the Lakers. The Heat also have injury issues of their own, with Bam Adebay, Markieff Morris, and Victor Oladipo still unavailable.
With three wins on the bounce, Jimmy Butler and co. will be looking to keep their win streak going as they face the Washington Wizards next.