Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro has once again left the NBA world in awe after a stellar performance in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
Despite being the youngest player on the court, Herro scored a career-high 37 points during the 112-109 victory in Orlando, guiding Miami to a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Coming off the bench, the 20-year-old added six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes, holding his nerve during the nailbiting fourth quarter.
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Herro’s 37 points is tied for the fifth-most by a player off the bench since 1971, and most for a rookie in that period, according to ESPN.
It was also the most points by a Heat player in Playoffs history and the second-most by a player aged 20 or younger in a post-season game, according to NBA.com.
Herro was the No. 13 pick during the 2019 NBA Draft, but has proven a valuable asset for the Heat.
To rub salt into the wounds, the Celtics were reportedly eager to secure the American young gun during last year’s Draft, but he was snapped up by Miami one pick before them.
Boston coach Brad Stevens sheepishly admitted after the game: “Herro was ridiculously good tonight. The rim must have looked like the ocean to him.”
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What I love about what Herro Ball is doing… We all know this isn’t just a hot game. This is how he plays the game of basketball
Rookie Tyler Herro showed up and showed out!! He scored 37 points to lead the Heat to victory and Miami to a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals!
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ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps tweeted: “Tyler Herro is eating Boston alive.”
NFL analyst Mina Kimes posted: “Do not fact check this but I’m pretty sure Tyler Herro has never missed a shot in his life.”
The Ringer journalist Kevin O’Connor tweeted: “Tyler Herro is something else. Amazing how many star-level shots he’s hit tonight. Showing it all.”
Herro said after the game: “I feel good about it … there’s a lot of work to be done.
“We’re up 3-1; a big win for us tonight. We felt like we could have won Game 3, and came out with more energy tonight. Credit to my teammates and coaches, we put a lot of time and effort into preparing for Game 4 and we got ready, and we got the job done.”
Miami forward Jimmy Butler scored 24 points and nine rebounds, while Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 29 points for the Celtics.
Game 5 of the series will take place on Saturday morning (AEST). If the Heat secure another win, they will face either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
There goes my HERRO!
NBA: Tyler Herro has the most points off the bench for a rookie in NBA history and joined Magic Johnson as the only two players to score 37+ points in a playoff game under the age of 21.
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