The 20-year-old guard had a historic performance, scoring 37 points off the bench and taking all the flashes at 112-109 over Boston.
The big players appear in important games. And greatness is not determined by your age, but by your mettle, your head and, above all, your heart. So he played Tyler Herro, with my heart in my hand. The 20-year-old guard started the match watching it from the bench, but ended up being the big star of the night in a new victory for the Miami Heat on Boston Celtics by 112-109.
His form ended with 37 points and it became the third best score by an Under 21 player in the NBA playoffs. And as if that weren’t enough, it was in a Conference final and to leave Florida one step away from the Finals, something that has not happened since 2014.
In a game in which neither team, the best of the season, found their best version, the least expected hero appeared.
Herro, who had already been showing his condition of revulsion so far this season, entered the rectangle with enough energy and desire to infect his teammates and lead his team to a major victory: put the series 3-1 and, although nothing is defined, the Heat were left with a double chance before a hypothetical seventh game, while the Celtics no longer have margin for error.
With his very great performance in the fourth game of the series, Tyler got into the big story. He’s the rookie with the most points in a Conference Finals game, the second rookie in the past 35 years to score at least 35 points in a playoff game (Donovan Mitchell scored 38 in 2018) and the third player under the age of 21 to reach that scorer in a postseason.
Who were your ancestors? Leading the statistic is one Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin Magic Johnson, who scored 42 in the 1980 final. And he is followed by Derrick Rose, called to be Jordan’s successor in the Chicago Bulls until injuries cut short his career, which was dispatched with 36 in the first round of 2009. At the height of the greats.
Like little, Herro scored points in the 13 games the Heat have played throughout the postseason and he is the first rookie to finish above 25 points in two consecutive playoff games since Andrew Toney did it in 1981. And all without being part of the starting lineup. Tremendous.
He was not alone. The pivot Bam Adebayo, with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists; the all-rounder Jimmy Butler with 24 points and 9 rebounds; and point guard Goran Dragic with 22 other goals supported Tyler on his magical night.
Herro’s night aroused the admiration of all. One of them was Emanuel Ginobili, who had to alter his strict sleep routines in order not to miss Herro’s great game. “The NBA attempts against my bed schedule. Great game! Great Miami team and what a Herro player,” tweeted the legend of the Golden Generation and San Antonio Spurs.
The Heat will seek to close the series in Game 5 on Friday and qualify, as Eastern champions, to the NBA Finals. The last time he reached the behest of ring was six years ago.
On the other side are LeBron James’ Lakers and Jamal Murray’s Nuggets, but Miami has its own way to go for its dream with the phenomenal Herro.