Fighting knee ailments and playing with a worn out roster, Butler showed a potentially important performance in Game 6 to get things back to Miami.

Boston - It's over. The finished Celtics won. The heat is gone. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown went to their first final. Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry were returning home.

Dreammond Green was preparing for Boston. There was also the NBA. More than 19,000 fans packed the TD Garden for Game 6 of the

Dreammond Green was preparing for Boston. There was also the NBA. More than 19,000 fans packed the TD Garden for Game 6 of the

Eastern Conference Finals in anticipation of the coronation on Friday night. They returned to Miami with their team a defeat far from eliminating.

Butler did it. Ten years ago LeBron took James to the same floor, looked down at the same crowd, and closed the conference final elimination with a 45-point performance that would define him (briefly).

On Saturday, Butler, with a sore on his knee, his team was in pain, stepped up and made 47 deliveries of his own. He made 55% of his shots.

He has done 50% of his three. He made 11 free throws and came up with two rebounds and two assists in triple-doubles.

"Incredible," Lori said. "Jimmy has brought his competitive will tonight," said hit coach Eric Spoilstra. "It's a wish we won't lose."

Who can see this coming? In Game 3, Butler dropped eight points at half-time with a knee injury.

In Game 4, he scored six runs. He chipped in 13 in Game 5, playing so passively that Celtics coach Ime Udoka later announced in practice that Butler did not want to score.

Her left knee snatched her lift. Of his explosives. Apparently his confidence.