Heat push Celtics to the brink

Lethbridge Herald - - Herald Sport -

The youngest player on the floor helped the Mi­ami Heat move a game away from the NBA Finals.

Tyler Herro — still just 20 years old — scored a Heat rookie-record 37 points, Jimmy But­ler had 24 and Mi­ami beat the Bos­ton Celtics 112-109 on Wed­nes­day night in Game 4 of the East­ern Con­fer­ence finals.

Go­ran Dragic added 22 and Bam Ade­bayo had 20 points and 12 re­bounds to help the Heat take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven se­ries. They can close it out Fri­day night.

Jayson Ta­tum scored all 28 of his 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 had 14 and Mar­cus Smart fin­ished with 10 points and 11 as­sists.

Brown’s 3-pointer with 16 sec­onds left cut Mi­ami’s lead to 107-104. Herro went to the line 2.1 sec­onds later and coolly swished a pair, stretch­ing the lead back to five. The Celtics got within two points twice, But­ler made a free throw with 1.1 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Bos­ton — out of time­outs — never got a des­per­a­tion shot off.

Herro made 14 of 21 shots from the floor, 5 for 10 from 3point range and be­came just the sec­ond 20-year-old in NBA play­off his­tory to score at least 37 points in a game. The other: Magic John­son, who had 42 in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals for the Los Angeles Lak­ers.

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