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Look: Things Get Heated Between Jimmy Butler, Trae Young

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler on Sunday night.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 04: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 04, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

It didn't take long for Jimmy Butler and Trae Young to clash.

In the first quarter of Sunday's series-opener between the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, Young fouled Butler to halt a fast break. Butler's appeared to take umbrage to the hard contact, causing the two stars to face off and butt heads before the official and teammates intervened.

Butler and Young are both fiery competitors who often play with a chip on their shoulders, so neither team leader is likely to back down from the other. While Butler is no stranger to skirmishes, whether with opponents or teammates, Young appeared to revel in playing the villain during last year's testy opening-round series against the New York Knicks.

Miami, which earned the Eastern Conference's top seed after a 53-29 season, exited the first quarter with a 23-17 lead over the No. 8-seeded Hawks. Young salvaged a playoff ticket for his squad by dropping 38 points (32 in the second half) to secure a 107-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Friday's final play-in game.

With both stars in playoff mode, this early encounter could set the table for a spirited series.