Butler loses last game in the bubble after memorable run

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Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) looks to pass against Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green (14) and Alex Caruso (4) during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere.

There will be no more coffee customers with the bubble closing down, though he kept it open far longer than expected with some of the most inspired NBA Finals play seen in years.

Butler carried the Miami Heat all the way to Game 6 against the favored Los Angeles Lakers but the weight of his efforts seemed to leave him with little energy Sunday. He struggled to initiate the offense, was caught flat-footed on defense and was helpless along with his teammates to stop a Los Angeles onslaught in the second quarter.

The Lakers capped off another championship with a 106-93 victory, a series that once seemed destined to be a sweep that Butler almost single-handedly extended two games longer than that.

“I wish I could’ve done it for the city, I wish I could’ve done it for my teammates,” Butler said.

He became the first player with multiple triple-doubles of 35 or more points in an NBA Finals, and through five games was averaging 29.0 points, 10.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds and and 2.60 steals — statistics no player ever finished with in a finals.

He wasn't close to those numbers Sunday, finishing with 12 points on only 10 shots.

It was understandable after what Butler had to do just to get it this far.