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Tyler Herro breaks another rookie playoff record in Game 5 win vs. Lakers

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Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro continues to add to his already impressive resume in what has been an outstanding rookie year.

He contributed 12 points in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. With this, he broke the record for most consecutive games with at least 10 points by a rookie in the NBA Playoffs.

The 20-year-old Herro, who is just two years removed from high school, broke the record previously set by Alvin Adams of the Phoenix Suns in 1975. In Game 4, he also broke the record of former Houston Rockets guard Matt Maloney for the most three-pointers made by a neophyte in the NBA Playoffs. Herro now has 47 makes from long range.

He also has scored more than 300 points in his first postseason, making him only the sixth rookie in NBA history to achieve the feat.

The former Kentucky standout struggled from the floor in Game 5, only shooting 4 of 11 as he was defended well by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso. But he drained the two game-sealing free throws with 1.6 seconds left to keep the Heat’s title hopes alive.

He’s averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the series against the much-experienced Lakers. Perhaps more significantly, he’s also playing crunch time minutes for the Heat, which will only boost his already skyrocketing confidence.

The 13th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, Herro recently said that he plays with a chip on his shoulder. He keeps in mind all the 12 players that were selected before him and the thought gets him fired up every game.