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Herro leads Heat to fifth preseason victory in 121-100 win vs Celtics

The third year guard made an immediate impact off the bench in another stellar outing.

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Miami Heat improved to 5-1 in the preseason on Friday with a 121-100 blowout win against the visiting Boston Celtics.

The game was nationally televised in ESPN2 and the Celtics were shorthanded in a reversal of Miami’s prior game in which they played their reserves against an Atlanta Hawks team at full strength. Even with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, PJ Tucker, Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry all returning to the starting lineup, the Celtics — who were without Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown — were the ones to race out to a 17-7 early lead.

It was Tyler Herro who made the immediate impact coming off the bench to go 3-4 from the field in the first quarter for 11 points to help close the deficit to 34-28, highlighted by a silky smooth corner 3 to end the quarter. Dennis Schroder punished the Heat’s defense early but failed to make as much of an impact the rest of the game. Former Heat player Josh Richardson made an appearance off the bench for his new team and scored 12 points.

Miami would go on to turn the game around in the second quarter, making the game a blowout by the fourth quarter in which they outscored the Celtics 34-19. Herro finished with a game-high 29 points in an efficient 10-15 shooting from the field, including an impressive 4-5 from long range and 4-4 from the free throw line, as well as six rebounds and four assists. Butler started slow but eventually rounded into form by the second quarter and ended up with 25 points highlighted by his 10-11 FT shooting.

It was Herro’s night ultimately, leading a charge midway in the second quarter showcasing his offensive skills that got the Heat the lead at 49-48. Even still, the “highlight” of the night belonged to Markieff Morris with this rather interesting finish at the rim on his own.

But hey, he did make the basket!

Miami continues to make strides in the preseason integrating their new players and the competitiveness that’s already being shown is a welcome sign of what perhaps is to come.

Following the win, the Heat cut four players to set their roster to 14 players and two 2-way players. They will open the regular season against their last opponent, the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on October 21 at 8pm.