Jimmy Butler drills game-winning three at OT buzzer

Jimmy Butler drills game-winning three at OT buzzer

On a night where Kemba Walker scored an National Basketball Association season-high 60 points, the Philadelphia 76ers made history of their own. Yes, that's true, but I think people are now starting to realize how good Kemba really is.

After the game, Butler chalked up his game-winner to two things: the confidence that his new team has in him and a desire to prove JJ Redick wrong.

"As much as I wanted the shot to go in to win the game, I also wanted it to go in because I didn't want Kemba to give me 70", Butler said with a laugh. "I just wanted it to stop at 60".

It overtook the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson's 52 points as the most in a game for the season as he outscored all his teammates in the match.

His MVP level of play was on full display during that 60 point effort against Philadelphia. "The reality of it is, is that you have Joel [Embiid] and Jimmy in that situation a lot, and he is doing that against two all-league defensive players". Embiid's double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds combined with Simmons' 23 points and 11 rebounds powers the Sixers behind Jimmy Butler's game-winning shot in overtime.

Rather, Butler threw down an incredible block on a driving Walker to prevent the Hornets from taking the lead, then iced a 3-pointer in the final seconds to give the Sixers one of their most thrilling wins of the season. Walker held up his palms and shrugged after the ball went in, similar to that famous gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years ago with the Bulls. "It's so fun to win", Butler told NBCS Philly after the game.

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"J.J. [Redick] walked on and said, 'I bet you won't call game on this one.' I had to listen to him".

It didn't take Jimmy Butler long to make his presence felt in Philadelphia. So he did what I wanted him to do (and drove). "I think we've done that - we can't think about the play-offs just yet". "I actually came over this morning and shot it about 50 times and I'm so glad it went in".

Entering Monday, Walker was averaging 28.7 points and 6.1 assists per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.

In a nice coincidence, Walker's offensive explosion came on the same night he was honoured as a member of the Hornets' 30th Anniversary Team.

The scores were tied with 34.7 seconds left in overtime when Willy Hernangomez stole a Simmons pass. James Borrego picked up his first technical foul as Hornets coach.

The 76ers needed all of their stars firing on a night that belonged to Walker.

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