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May 17, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first quarter in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2023 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest storylines in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals is the battle of the two superstar forwards – Jimmy Buter for Miami and Jayson Tatum for Boston. Monday night, Round 1 of that bout went to Butler and Miami.

In Game 1 of the series in Boston, Butler turned in the kind of performance that’s earned him the nickname ‘Playoff Jimmy.’ The 33-year-old finished the game with a game-high 35 points while shooting 12-of-25 from the floor, 2-of-4 from deep, and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Butler also added seven assists and five rebounds in the Heat’s 12-116 Game 1 win.