Jimmy Butler is really coming into his own at the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, and he came up clutch for the team in their last game before the All-Star break last night against the Los Angeles Lakers with two big blocks in final few minutes of the game.
The Timberwolves came from behind to defeat the Lakers 119-111 at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Taj Gibson and Butler lead the way for the home side in terms of scoring, with 28 points and 24 points respectively.
Alongside 24 points, the guard finished with five rebounds, four assists, a steal, three blocks, and was 7-of-20 from the field. Two of those three blocks played a big part in the final couple of minutes of the game, as it helped to secure the result for Minnesota.
As you can see in the video further down in this article, Butler blocked shots from both Julius Randle and Isaiah Thomas in the final minutes of the game to help the Timberwolves accomplish their comeback, as well as cap off another fantastic performance for himself.
Teammate Jamal Crawford said on Butler's performance after the game to ESPN: "I think that's what separates him as a superstar. Most guys, they do it on one end, but those types of plays, they're immeasurable."
Lakers head coach Luke Walton was impressed by the guard's performance as well, as he said: "They've got some big-time closers on that team, starting with Jimmy Butler. He kind of set the tone in the fourth with the way he played."
Both Butler and Gibson had a brilliant game on Thursday, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who had them both with the Chicago Bulls said after the game: "What he and Jimmy have brought to the team has really changed things for us. Those guys, they weren't going to let us lose."
Butler was everywhere on Thursday, making every clutch play and doing what was required to lead Minnesota to a win. The Timberwolves will be hoping he can do the same thing again to help their rise in the Western Conference after the All-Star break when they play against the Rockets in Houston on February 23.News Now - Sport News