Heat one game away from Fi­nals

Miami’s Herro scores 37 in vic­tory over Celtics in East­ern Con­fer­ence Game 4

Santa Fe New Mexican - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Reynolds

Tyler Herro should still be in col­lege. He’s not, but he is still a stu­dent.

He car­ries a red spi­ral-bound note­book with him at all times, jot­ting down notes when things pop into his head. What worked, what didn’t, where he thinks he can get bet­ter and how he’s feel­ing af­ter a game.

“It helps me get locked in, helps me fo­cus,” Herro said.

What­ever he read Wed­nes­day night helped him put to­gether the game of his life — and carry the Miami Heat a win away from the NBA Fi­nals. The 20-yearold Herro scored a Heat rookie-record 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 a con­fi­dence. He has a fear­less­ness that is un­com­mon. But he’s hum­ble enough to work, to be coach­able, to take the men­tor­ship from the vet­eran play­ers that we have on our team, and he just con­tin­ues to gain more con­fi­dence as we go.”

Jimmy But­ler scored 24 points, Go­ran Dragic added 22 and Bam Ade­bayo — deal­ing with a bit of shoul­der sore­ness — 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 in Game 5.

Jayson Ta­tum scored all 28 of his points in the sec­ond half for the Celtics. They erased a dou­ble-digit deficit to take a one­point 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.

“I didn’t score in the first half. That’s un­ac­cept­able,” Ta­tum said. “I know I have to play bet­ter. That’s what I tried to do.”

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.

MARK J. TERRILL/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Heat’s Tyler Herro, right, scored a team rookie-record 37 points on Wed­nes­day in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as Miami de­feated the Celtics and is one win away from the NBA Fi­nals.

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