Playoffs 2020 | East Finals: (3) Celtics vs. (5) Heat

Heat's Herro joins exclusive list with 37-point effort in Game 4

Miami's rookie becomes the 2nd youngest in NBA history to score 35 or more in a playoff game

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.

Youngest players to score 35+ in NBA playoff game
Player (Team) Year Age Round
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.

Youngest player to score 30 or more in the conference finals
Player Age
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.

Most points by reserve in playoff game since 1970-71
Player (Team) Year Points
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.