Mi­ami rookie Herro cre­ates a lit­tle Magic

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - PAGE 2 - By Tim Reynolds Tim Reynolds is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — 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 rookie­record 37 points, Jimmy But­ler had 24 and Mi­ami beat the Bos­ton Celtics 112109 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 3­1 lead in the best­of­seven se­ries. They can close out the se­ries Fri­day night in Game 5.

Jayson Ta­tum scored all 28 of his points in the sec­ond half for the Celtics. They erased a dou­ble­digit deficit to take a one­point lead in the fourth — then the Heat took con­trol 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 3­pointer with 16 sec­onds left cut Mi­ami’s lead to 107­104. Herro went to the line 2.1 sec­onds later and swished two foul shots, stretch­ing the lead back to five. The Celtics cut the mar­gin to two points twice, But­ler made a free throw with 1.1 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Bos­ton — out of time­outs — did not get off a des­per­a­tion shot.

Herro made 14 of 21 shots from the floor, in­clud­ing 5­for­10 from 3­point range and be­came just the sec­ond 20­year­old 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 Lak­ers against the 76ers.

“I feel good about it,” Herro said. “There’s a lot of work to be done still. We’re up 3­1.“

And the Heat rookie play­off record was 27 by Dwyane Wade in 2004; it now be­longs to Herro, who scored 17 points in the fourth quar­ter alone.

Kevin C. Cox / Getty Im­ages

Mi­ami’s Tyler Herro be­came the sec­ond 20­year­old to score 37 in a play­off game.

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