Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro made his imprint on the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night, scoring a career-high (and Heat rookie playoff record) 37 points to help his team hold off the Celtics 112-109 and take a 3-1 series lead.
Herro became the second youngest player in NBA history to score 35 or more in a playoff game.
|Derrick Rose (Bulls)||2009||20 years, 196 days old||First round vs. Boston|
|Tyler Herro (Heat)||2020||20 years, 247 days old||Conference finals vs. Boston|
|Magic Johnson (Lakers)||1980||20 years, 276 days old||NBA Finals vs. 76ers|
In scoring 37 against Boston, Herro also became the youngest ever to score 30 or more in the conference finals.
|Tyler Herro||20 years, 247 days|
|Daniel Gibson||21 years, 95 days|
|Kobe Bryant||21 years, 284 days|
|Moses Malone||22 years, 43 days|
And, per Elias Sports Bureau, he had one of the best playoff performances by a reserve since the 1970-71 season.
|Fred Brown (Sonics)||1976||45|
|Stephen Curry (Warriors)||2016||40|
|Nick Van Exel (Mavericks)||2003||40|
|Thurl Bailey (Jazz)||1988||39|
|Tyler Herro (Heat)||2020||37|
|Fred Brown (Sonics)||1975||37|
|Note: 1970-71 is when starters were first denoted in box scores|
Herro appeared to be dialed in all game, finishing 14-for-21 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.
“The rim must have looked like the ocean,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said in his postgame conference.