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Film Study: Breaking down Jimmy Butler’s big night against the Pistons

A 38-point, 6-assist, 6-rebound, 3-steal, 1-block performance warrants a second look

Philadelphia 76ers v Detroit Pistons Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Glenn Robinson III had just buried a 3-pointer to put the Detroit Pistons ahead 71-56 early in the third quarter. The Philadelphia 76ers were without their franchise star, Joel Embiid. Nobody could stop Blake Griffin or Andre Drummond in the post. A Sixers win seemed unlikely at that point. But then, another Sixers star, Jimmy Butler, did star-caliber things and along with Ben Simmons, helped rally Philadelphia to a 117-111 road victory.

With an 18-point, 14-rebound, 6-assist, 1-steal outing, Simmons was tremendous in his own right. Butler was the main attraction, though, tallying 38 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block.

Butler consistently found his spots, operating via pick-and-rolls and the mid-post, and carved out a home on the foul line, going 11-for-12 at the charity stripe.

On the other end of the floor, Butler was an omnipresent help defender. His entire demeanor shifted in the second half, as he appeared hell-bent on containing Griffin and Drummond down low.

On the ball, Butler was swarming and feisty, causing trouble against any assignment. Given his responsibilities on both ends, it was one of the more impressive two-way showings in the NBA this year.

The production we saw from Butler Friday night is hard to replicate and why Philadelphia felt he was a necessary player to acquire. For an even more in-depth look at his night, check out my full Twitter moment.

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