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Where Herro resembles Steph's game, according to Iguodala

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Wednesday was Tyler Herro's night.

The Miami Heat rookie ripped the Boston Celtics apart in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, scoring 37 points on 14 of 12 shooting to lead the Heat to a 112-109 win and push the Celtics to the brink of elimination.

Herro did it all in Game 4 and there was nothing All-NBA defender Marcus Smart, or anyone else on the Celtics, could do to stop the rookie out of Kentucky.

Herro was poised, aggressive and downright ruthless in carving up the Celtics, even blowing kisses after one massive basket in the fourth quarter. His lethal and efficient display from outside conjured up memories of a young Steph Curry, who had his coming out party during the 2013 NBA playoffs.

Heat forward Andre Iguodala went to five straight NBA Finals with Curry, so he is well-versed in the Warriors superstar's greatness. While he wouldn't directly compare his rookie teammate and Curry, he did admit he sees some similarities between the two.

“I won’t compare them,” Iguodala told Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg. “But they definitely have … I’m trying for the right word. The way they can handle the ball and get into their shots, Tyler shows some resemblances there. I’m not saying they’re the same.

"But there are some resemblances in that he can get to his shot pocket off the dribble and off the shoot and catch, which is rare -- that guys have both of those features in their games.”

 

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Herro joined an exclusive list with his performance in Game 4. He became the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 35 or more in a playoff game, with only Derrick Rose achieving the feat at a younger age. He also became the youngest player to score 30 or more in a conference finals game.

For comparison, Curry didn't score his first 37-point playoff game until he was 25. Of course, Curry also didn't make his first postseason appearance until those 2013 playoffs, four years after he was drafted. In Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals, Curry dropped 44 points on the San Antonio Spurs, his first playoff game with more than 35 points.

Herro also joined Curry on another list Wednesday, when he put up the fifth-most points by a reserve since the 1970-71 season, per Elias Sports Bureau. Curry is No. 2 on that list after pouring in 40 points against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals.

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In only his first postseason run, Herro is averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds off the bench for the Heat. He's proven to be one of the most important players on a Heat team that is one win away from the NBA Finals, and he's still only 20 years old.

It's unfair and unrealistic to ask anyone to reach the heights that Curry has, but Herro, if nothing else, has put himself in the conversation as one of the potential heirs to the sharpshooting throne that Curry crafted.