“Miami Heat” rookie Tyler Herro scored 37 points and 6 rebounds in the fourth match of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics (112: 109, 3-1).
Herro broke the record for most points scored by a rookie in a conference final match. The previous record (35 points) was set by Andrew Toney in the second game of the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals. Tyler Herro, 20, is the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in a playoff game when leaving the bench. Tyler also beat Donovan Mitchell’s record, becoming the second rookie in history to score 35 points and 5 accurate three-pointers in the NBA playoffs.
In addition, Herro has several league records in the 21st century. Herro is the first rookie since Chuck Person in 1987 to score at least 35 points and 5 rebounds in an NBA playoff game. Herro has the highest score for players under 20 in the 21st century. Only Magic Johnson scored higher in NBA history (42 points, May 16, 1980). Tyler set a century record for points against the Celtics in the playoffs. In the last century, only the legendary Wilt Chamberlain scored more (50 points on March 22, 1960, and 42 points on March 16, 1960).
Herro is the first rookie since Andrew Toney in 1981 to score at least 20 points in two consecutive matches in the Conference Finals: Herro has a double-digit performance in each of his first 13 playoff games. The only other newcomers in NBA history to start the postseason with a similar streak are last century legends Elgin Baylor (1959) and Alvan Adams (1976).