LeBron James vs Jimmy Butler Ranking Their Top 5 Duels
October 23, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is definitely winning the debate vs Miami Heat force Jimmy Butler. The Lakers defeated Butler’s Miami Heat and won the 17th title in team history. LeBron won his fourth ring, and someone came up with a great idea to put up the best duels between King James and Butler.
LeBron and Butler met in many head-to-head games. The four-time NBA champion was a real leader with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Butler was part of the Bulls back then. Their rivalry was too strong to be ignored. There was some juicy trash-talking and even scuffles.
5. Heat vs Bulls (Mar.09, 2014)
The Bulls finished with a 95-88 win and LeBron scored 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Butler had 16 points and 11 rebounds. This is when the whole thing between LeBron and Butler started. They got physical with one another. It was brutal. LeBron didn’t like the pairing of Butler and Joachim Noah.
LeBron has been brilliant vs Butler
4. Bulls vs Cavaliers, ESC (May 12, 2015)
The Cavs won 106-101. Butler scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. LeBron had a monster game with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Cleveland and Chicago met in the Conference Semifinals. It was a rough start for LeBron’s team, but he turned into an unstoppable beast. He was all over the court and made plays for himself and his team.
3. Lakers vs Heat, NBA Finals (Oct.04, 2020)
The Lakers lost 104-115 as Butler finished with playoff career-high 40 points. He had 11 rebounds and 13 assists, too. LeBron scored 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The Heat woke up and opposed LeBron’s team. Miami didn’t want to give up without a good fight. At one point of the game, Butler told LeBron, “You’re in trouble.” Well, LeBron ended up winning his ring.
2. Timberwolves vs Cavaliers (Feb.07, 2018)
It was a 140-138 win for the Cavs. Butler was impressive with his 35 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. LeBron hit 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists. Butler was in his first season with the Timberwolves, and analysts considered him one of the best perimeter defenders and two-way players in the NBA. LeBron played with Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Dwyane Wade. The final record was decided by two pivotal plays.
Heat vs Lakers, NBA Finals (Oct.09, 2020)
Miami defeated LA despite LeBron’s 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Butler scored 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The Lakers had to do something to stop this and finish the series in six games.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.