“It helps me stay locked in, helps me focus,” Herro said.
Everything he read on Wednesday night helped him set up the game of his life – and lead the Miami Heat to a win away from the NBA Finals. Herro, 20, scored a Heat rookie record of 37 points and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“He has a great competitive humility about him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He has self-confidence. He has a fearlessness that is rare. But he’s humble enough to work, to be coachable, to take mentorship from veteran players. that we have on our team, and he continues to gain more confidence as he goes. ”
Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Goran Dragic added 22 and Bam adebayo – facing a bit of shoulder pain – had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Heat take a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series. They can shut it down on Friday night in Game 5.
Jayson Tatum scored all of his 28 points in the second half for the Celtics. They erased a double-digit deficit to take a one-point lead in the fourth – then saw the Heat run away again. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, Kemba Walker added 20, Gordon Hayward was 14 and Marcus Smart finished with 10 points and 11 assists.
“I didn’t score in the first half. This is unacceptable, ”Tatum said. I know I have to play better. This is what I tried to do. ”
Brown’s 3 pointer 16 seconds left reduced Miami’s lead to 107-104. Herro went to the line 2.1 seconds later and coldly slipped a pair, reducing the lead to five. The Celtics had two points within two, Butler delivered a free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining, and Boston – out of timeouts – never got a shot of desperation.
“At the end of the day, we have to find a way,” Walker said. “That’s really all we can do. We can do it. It’s a matter of pride. It’s about wanting to do it. The next game we have to go out. and show it. ”
Herro had 14 of 21 shots from the ground, 5 for 10 on 3 points and became the second 20-year-old in NBA playoff history to score at least 37 points in a game. The other: Magic Johnson, who was 42 in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals for the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I feel great,” Herro said. “There is still a lot of work to be done. We are up 3-1. ”
And rookie Heat’s playoff record was 27 by Dwyane Wade in 2004; it now belongs to Herro, who scored 17 points in the fourth alone.
Daniel Theis scored with 8:44 left to give Boston an 85-84 lead, the Celtics’ first lead since 25-24 with 11:19 left in the second quarter. It was Boston’s only lead in the second half and it only lasted 16 seconds. Adebayo scored to give Miami the lead, and Herro basically carried the load from there.
“Herro’s shot tonight was… the difference in the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Jimmy was very late. Adebayo was his typical self. Dragic made big plays. But Herro was ridiculously good tonight. This edge must have looked like the ocean to him.
The Celtics shot exactly 8 for 20 in each of the first two quarters and that, combined with 11 turnovers, helped the Heat enter the break with a 50-44 lead.
But Tatum’s first basket after a 0-for-7 start sparked what became a 6-for-7 finish in the third quarter for him, he had 16 of Boston’s 32 points in that span and the Celtics were at 77. -76. Fourth.
The Heat, behind their youngest player, would not fold.
“Nothing that Tyler does surprises me,” Adebayo said.
Celtics: Tatum’s 0-for-6 first half tied for the second worst shot of the first half of his career. It was 0 for 8 to start against Dallas on November 11, and 0 for 6 against Milwaukee in the first two quarters of a playoff game on April 17, 2018.… It was announced before the game that Hayward and his wife Robyn are parents for a fourth time; Gordon Theodore Hayward is their first son.
Heat: Dragic posted a 3-point with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter for a 58-46 lead – Miami’s first double-digit lead in the series. The Heat’s biggest lead in the first three games had been eight points. … Salomon Hill got the first quarter for the first time in these playoffs.
No one knows when next season will start, but the Celtics predict goalkeeper Romeo Langford may not be ready when he does. Langford had surgery this week to repair a ligament problem in his wrist. “He’ll probably bleed in the next season, whenever it starts,” Stevens said.
This is the 12th time Miami has taken a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. The Heat have won each of the previous 11.
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