After a battle that lasted till the final buzzer, the Miami Heat came out on top against the Boston Celtics. The unlikely hero for them during this Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 was rookie Tyler Herro.
Coming off the bench, Herro was in fine form as he dropped a record-breaking 37 points, his career-high. It is the most points scored by a rookie off the bench in a playoff game, beating Andrew Toney, who dropped 35 back in 1981. It is also the most points by a rookie during a Conference Finals game. During this shooting clinic, he shot 14-21 from the field and 5-10 from deep.
But that’s not the only record he had.
The 20-year-old is usually just a scorer for them. But tonight he showed effort on the glass, grabbing six rebounds. He may have ended with just three assists, but he should have had more. He had dangerous drives to the rim before dishing it out to the open man on the perimeter, but Miami had a poor shooting day from deep, shooting just 28% as a team.
Herro has already amassed 214 points in his debut playoff campaign. Currently, he stands second in all-time rankings for most points by a rookie off the bench in a single NBA playoff run. Spurs legend Manu Ginobili holds the record with 226 points during the 2002-03 season. So Herro just needs 13 more points to beat the Argentine.
When he was drafted, Herro arrived as a sharpshooter who can give buckets any time. Throughout the regular season, displayed his clutch ability on many occasions too. He has scored in double-digits in every single playoff game so far and is now proving that he can perform on the biggest stage as well.
The Miami Heat have looked dangerous throughout the Playoffs but have had close games against the Celtics in this round. They have the tools to beat the Celtics in Game 5 on Friday and are just one win away from returning to the NBA Finals.
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