Tyler Herro scored a season-high 35 points off the bench in the Heats’ 114-115 win against the Charlotte Hornets. The most points scored by a Heat player off the bench since Dwayne Wade scored 35 in a game against the Toronto Raptors in 2018.The 22-year-old shot 61 percent from the field and 6-10 from three-point range to give the Heat their fifth straight win in the final week of the NBA season.
In a press conference after the game, Herro told reporters, “I’m playing the best I’ve ever played in my life.”Herro is averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game off the bench, making him a clear favorite for the sixth man of the year award. Lou Williams is the only other player to average at least 20 off the bench in the last 30 years.
As the season winds down to its final two regular-season games, the Heat are 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference. With a playoff ticket already punched the Heat will end the season hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and traveling to Orlando to face the Magic Sunday.