In his postgame interview, Jimmy Butler said he doesn't care about the individual numbers he put up in the Miami Heat's improbable 115-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
That doesn't make his performance in Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals any less astonishing.
With Goran Dragic (Miami's leading playoff scorer prior to the Finals) and Bam Adebayo (an All-Star in 2020) out and his team facing a 2-0 deficit against the star-powered Lakers, Butler totaled 40 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Simply put, it was one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the NBA's brightest stage.
The only other 40-point triple-doubles in Finals history belong to Jerry West in 1969 and LeBron James, who had an on-court view of this Butler masterpiece, in 2015.
According to game score, which provides "a rough measure of a player's productivity for a single game," it was the second-best Finals performance since complete box scores were available (1983-84). The top spot goes to a 2016 performance from LeBron.
Beyond the fact that they're both in 2020's last series and now prominently feature on the aforementioned leaderboards, Butler and James have a few more things in common.