Well, we definitely had a show Wednesday night, didn’t we?
With both teams resting after taking Monday off in their regular match / day off rotation, we were able to watch Game 4 played largely with single-digit margin for the majority of the 48 minutes. In the end, however, it was the Miami Heat, thanks to a 37-point performance off the bench from rookie Tyler Herro, who took the win and moved up to a 3-1 lead in the final. the Eastern Conference versus the Boston Celtics.
After a mostly Miami-led first half, save for three Boston heads and a few draws, the Heat came out of the locker room, bringing in the Heat and forcing themselves a lead. It was 50-44 in Miami’s favor at halftime, but Jimmy Butler had an eight-point game on the first bucket of the third quarter. The header peaked for the game when Goran Dragic sank a three at 8:51 to bring it to 58-46. And yet, essentially, the rest of the quarter was all Boston as Jayson Tatum woke up from his oh-iron in the first half to score 16 points in the final seven minutes of the third quarter. His last bucket of the frame came with just five seconds left and shot Boston in one, 77-76.
Boston’s energy would eventually take them to an 85-84 lead with 8:51 to go as Daniel Theis pulled a thread from Jaylen Brown. 39-26 isn’t going to impress a lot of people in terms of racing, but that’s what the Cs did to challenge that game.
People who didn’t doubt the result at this stage? Tyler Herro. 12 of his top 37 game came after Theis dunk. His buckets over the last eight minutes and the change kept coming when Miami needed a bucket to increase their lead, and he continued to deliver. It looked like the Heat were going to be able to pull out as Herro gave them a 107-98 lead with less than a minute to go, but a Dragic turnover and some replay criticism in favor of Boston gave the Celtics multiple rim cracks, and a triple Brown with 16 seconds left was 107-104. Who went to the edge and caught the blame? Tyler Herro, and he sank both to make it 109-104.
It wasn’t quite over, as Kemba Walker induced a shooting foul on a three and hit his throws with less than 10 seconds left, but Butler made up for his mistake by sinking his critical throws with six seconds left. play to give Miami a four-point advantage. It was the space they needed, and that was it.
As Herro was going crazy for all sorts of points, Jimmy Butler quietly did things to Jimmy Butler, finishing with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. He was only 8 for 20 from the field, but he sank eight of his nine strip attempts. Jae Crowder had just three points on the 1-for-9 and 1-for-7 long-range shooting, which is clearly why head coach Erik Spoelstra had him off the bench late. Crowder added three rebounds and three assists, as well as a block.
Following: Game 5 is Friday night and Miami will look to close the series and advance to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in franchise history. The wild part about it is that this would be their sixth final appearance since 2006 and it would be done with three different base builds. Either way, it’s a conversation for a different time, as the Heat actually have to win the series. Game 5 is scheduled for a tipoff at 7:30 p.m. PT, and ESPN will air.