At the 6:37 mark of the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, Jimmy Butler grabbed his 10th rebound for the game, recording his third triple-double of the season and 10th as a member of the Miami Heat.
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That makes him the all-time leader in triple-doubles in Heat franchise history, surpassing LeBron James while facing him.
Jimmy Butler (10) has broken LeBron James’ (9) record for the most triple-doubles in Miami Heat franchise history.
As it happened, LeBron was wearing the opposite uniform to witness it.
18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists so far tonight for Butler.@Miami Heat | #HEATculture pic.twitter.com/fZhp4E5DnE
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Butler finished the game with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Heat survived the Lakers’ furious fourth-quarter comeback to win the game 113-107.
When the final bell rang, James had 33 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter, along with 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 40 minutes of action. This loss is James’s fifth in seven visits to Miami since leaving the franchise in the summer of 2014.
In one of two wins, he put on a show in South Beach with a 51-point display.
Butler posted his 10th triple-double in a span of 139 games, far less than James’ tally of 294 games for his nine triple-doubles.
Here’s a look at the all-time leaders for most triple-doubles in Heat franchise history
After this game, the Heat are 8-2 when Butler records a triple-double.
As for the playoffs, Butler, with his tally of three, is the only player not named LeBron James (5) to have posted a triple-double.