Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo Create NBA History Which Even Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen Couldn’t Achieve

Published 02/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Feb 18, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shakes hands with guard Duncan Robinson (55) and forward Andre Iguodala (28) during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat ended their three-game losing streak tonight against the Sacramento Kings. Two of their best players, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, stepped up and rescued them from this slump.

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Both of them had an amazing performance on both ends and ended with a triple-double each. This is the second time they have had a triple-double each in the same game, becoming the only pair of teammates in NBA history to achieve this feat. Many other NBA duos like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen have done this once, but Butler and Adebayo are the only pair with two.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are the only pair of teammates in NBA history to each record a triple-double in the same game multiple times 🔥 🤯

(via @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/4wfI5WpYq9

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 19, 2021

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Butler finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists, while Adebayo had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Butler had already established himself as one of the best passing forwards. This season, Bam has also improved in the playmaking department and is slowly becoming an underrated passer.

This historic performance helped them to get a victory, which is only their 12th of the season.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo focused on getting wins for the Heat

During the post-game interview, Adebayo was happy about their achievement but said the win was more important. He said, “Nah, we were just out there playing. We trying to get a win. A win matters more than the numbers do. I’m glad we did the triple double thing, but I’m really appreciative of the W.”

Bam Adebayo on he and Jimmy getting triple-doubles: I feel like a win mattered more than the numbers did pic.twitter.com/2gbr3aeHSq

— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) February 19, 2021

Butler had the same attitude. He directly addressed the need to be better as a team and addressed the areas where they fell short.

He said, “It’s the same thing over and over for us. It’s like we get a lead, … we messing around, we get lazy. Good teams don’t do that. And I feel like we’re ways away from being a good team right now. We just got to keep taking steps in the right direction.”

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Jimmy Butler: we’re a ways away from being a good team right now. I’m not going to lie. We just got to keep taking steps in the right direction. pic.twitter.com/QW9fsxsoa6

— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) February 19, 2021

The Heat now travels to California, as the team faces the Lakers on Saturday in a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals. They will be aiming for revenge, after losing 4-2 in October 2020. It won’t be an easy game, but Butler and co will be fueled by tonight’s performance. This will be a chance for the Heat to show that they are a serious team, and a win will help them to slowly return to a playoff spot soon.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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