Tyler Herro dropped 37 pts
Tyler Herro is no longer unsung, and his Miami Heat are on the brink of the NBA Finals.
The 20-year-old rookie scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat to a 112-109 victory and a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. His 37 points are the most by a 20-year-old in the playoffs since Magic Johnson’s 42 in 1980. Only one other rookie has scored more than Herro and Johnson in a playoff game: Wilt Chamberlain.
“Herro’s shotmaking tonight was the difference in the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “Herro was ridiculously good tonight. The rim must have looked like the ocean to him.”
The Celtics have led in the fourth quarter of each game in the conference finals, but they will enter Friday’s Game 5 needing a win to stay alive. There is some concern for Miami beyond the frailty of a 3-1 lead in the Orlando bubble. Adebayo, their All-Star center, injured his non-shooting wrist in the fourth quarter. He clutched it throughout the game’s final minutes and had it under ice afterwards.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave no update beyond, “He just has a lot of ice on his body. Everybody is earning their ice.” Adebayo told reporters he merely twisted his left wrist. “I’m good,” he said.
Facing a close-out game on Friday, Boston can only hope Herro’s hot hand finds some of that ice.