Celtics

Final: Heat 112, Celtics 109 — Tyler Herro (37 points), turnovers put C’s in 3-1 hole

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Jayson Tatum scored 28 points in the final 18 minutes of Game 4 but it was too little too late in a sluggish effort for the All-Star (six turnovers) and the Celtics. Tyler Herro erupted off the bench with a game-high 37 points to lead four Heat players with 20+ points  as Miami held off a late Celtics push for a 112-109 win.

The Celtics scored 65 points in the second half as they fought back from a 12-point deficit behind Tatum’s hot shooting but it was not enough to overcome Herro’s offense from all over the floor as he got the best of Kemba Walker and company all night. Boston’s small-ball five lineup failed to get stops down the stretch and the C’s were far too careless with the ball (19 turnovers) throughout Game 4, sloppiness that came back to bite down the stretch.

The win gives the Heat a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-fo-seven series with Game 5 coming up on Friday night.

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