Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was one of the great playoff games in the bubble which has been a theme in this playoffs. As Boston and Miami played to the end, a Herro came through for the Miami Heat as the the Heat took a commanding 3-1 in the series.
Miami was in control for most of the first half with the largest lead being 12 points nd leading by six at the half. Rookie guard, Tyler Herro led the scoring with 15 points in the first half, but his night was just beginning. On the Celtics, their star player, Jayson Tatum had ZERO points in the first half and their were only down six at halftime. Kemba Walker scored 12 points and Jaylen Brown added eight points to keep the Celtics in the game for the second half.
In the second half, Jayson Tatum came alive, scoring 16 points in the third quarter and the Celtics took a 12-point deficit and cut it down to one-point (77-76) for the Heat going into the fourth quarter. Tyler Herro added five points in the third to bring his point total to 20.
In the fourth quarter, Tatum and Herro put on a show as both men did everything they could to get the important Game 4 win. Tatum scored 12 points in the fourth but it wasn't enough as Herro scored 17 points and give Miami the 112-109 victory and now are one game away from reaching the NBA Finals.
One of the problems that the Celtics had was turnovers. The Celtics had 19 turnovers to the Heat eight turnovers. Not a recipe for winning playoff games and Boston knows it. Boston shot 47.6% from the field and 35% from 3-point both better the Miami, 42.9% from the field and 27% from 3-point. 11 more turnovers however, is just bad.
Jayson Tatum finished with 28 points, nine rebounds, and 4 assists. Jaylen Brown had 21 points and nine rebounds. Kemba Walker added 20 points, Gordon Hayward put in 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench in his second game back from a high ankle sprain injury.
On Miami side, Tyler Herro, the star of the game finished with 37 points and six rebounds off the bench for the rookie out of Kentucky. Jimmy Butler put in 24 points and nine rebounds. Bam Adebayo had another double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Goran Dragic scored 22 points.
After the Game 4 victory, the Heat focused on things outside of the Bubble as a Grand Jury incident one officer in the Breonna Taylor shooting for shooting into a neighboring apartment. After the game, Heat Coach, Erik Spoelstra spoke on the ruling:
"Like everybody else, [I'm] very disappointed. I think all of us don't understand it. It's not justice. The $12 million looks like such a ridiculously empty payoff. I'm really just--it's all about justice and it was not served."
Miami Heat social media accounts a this picture (below) after the Game 4 in response to the ruling in Louisville, Kentucky.
Game 5 is tomorrow as the Heat look to finish off the Celtics and reach the NBA Finals since the Big 3 in 2014. The Celtics look to keep their season alive in the Bubble.