Tyler Herro dropped 37 points in Game 4 to move the Miami Heat to within one win of the 2020 NBA Finals in a 112-109 victory over the Boston Celtics. Miami is looking to make their first finals appearance since their 2014 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Besides Tyler Herro, who hit 5-10 three point shots, Miami was bolstered by excellent performances from Jimmy Butler…24 points, Goran Dragic…22 points, and Bam Adebayo…20 points.
The Boston Celtics shot 48% from the field and 35% from the three point line. Far better than the Miami Heat. However, the Heat were able to use their defense to force 19 Celtic turnovers (compared to just 8 for the Heat) and 9 steals to help overcome the Celtics in Game 4.
While Jayson Tatum ended up scoring 28 points, he only managed 6 shots in a scoreless first half. “I didn’t score in the first half. That’s unacceptable,” Tatum said after the game. “I know I have to play better.”
The story of the series for the Celtics has been consistency across the entire game. In Games 1 and 2, the Celtics had 14 and 17 point leads, only to see the Heat fight back in the second half and win both games. In Game 3, The Celtics put in a 48 minute effort and were rewarded with a 117-106 victory.
Game 4 started with the Celtics in a great position. Tatum had not scored in the first half, and Boston trailed, 50-44 at the half. Get Tatum going, and it looked like the series would be tied at 2. Miami, led by Herro, had other ideas. The Heat raced out to a 12 point lead in the third quarter.
A Daniel Theis dunk with 8:51 remaining in the game gave Boston a 85-84 lead. In a blink of an eye, Herro dropped a three, Marcus Smart turned the ball over, and another Herro jump shot pushed Miami to a 91-85 lead. One that the Celtics would not be able to recover from.
Miami’s defense this series makes a 3-1 series lead nearly impossible to overcome. Boston turnovers and their inability to put together 48 minutes of basketball have been their downfall this series. Boston will need to summon their effort in Game 3 for the remainder of the series to keep the Heat out of the NBA Finals.