Miami Heat fans have jokingly dubbed Jimmy Butler ‘the GOAT’ after he joined LeBron James in the franchise’s history books.
Butler became the first Heat player with a 30-point half since James in 2014 as Miami continued their impressive start to the NBA season with a 124-108 win over the Phoenix Suns.
The 30-year-old is just the third player in Heat history to score 30 points in a half – with Dwayne Wade becoming the only other man to achieve the feat.
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“Jimmy Butler is one of the greatest signing in Heat history since LeBron James,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Anyone who thinks Jimmy Butler ain’t the GOAT is a hater of greatness and played in the era of plumbers,” a second said.
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“F****** GOAT,” a third screamed.
While a French fan said: “Jimmy Butler est le GOAT.”
The Heat are second in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 record.
They are back in action against James’ Lakers on Friday at the Staples Center.
James clapped back at haters after an impressive performance in the win at Chicago Bulls.
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Former team-mate and Heat legend Wade aimed a sarcastic dig at LeBron’s critics.
“Wait who said @KingJames was washed!!????” he wrote on Twitter. “If 27,8,8 was washed last season where do 99 percent of basketball players sign up??? Y’all need to quit with this click bait news.”
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