Jimmy Butler is a man of many talents — acting might even be one of them.
The Miami Heat star was on fire in Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks but in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, with the Heat leading by one, Butler did his best to secure the win by putting on an oscar-worthy performance after getting fouled by Julius Randle.
The game’s broadcasters seemed concerned at first until Butler peaked to see if officials were buying it — they weren’t.
The call was a common foul and Butler made one of his two free-throw attempts but social media erupted over his performance.
After the game, Butler joked that he learned all of his acting abilities from watching Mark Wahlberg.
“I’ve studied Mark Wahlberg and how he acts so incredibly well,” Butler said, via the South Flordia Sun-Sentinel. “I’ve taken a few pointers.”
He continued “It’s OK to have fun. It’s OK to joke around. Because that’s what we’re out here playing for. Yeah, we want to win. But never forget to have fun. Smile, and enjoy the situation that you’re in.”
Butler finishing with a game-high 26 points and the Heat beat the Knicks 98-96 to finish off a sweep of the two-game series and increase their winning streak to three.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.