Tyler Herro tied a career high with 35 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 110-108 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Herro had a career-high nine 3-pointers as the Heat set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers.
But it was inside the arc where Herro came through for the decisive bucket.
Herro drained a pullup jumper with 5.7 seconds remaining to break a tie, and Miami held on after a timeout.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed a jumper in the closing seconds. Josh Giddey grabbed the rebound, but his shot hit off the bottom of the backboard to end the game, though Giddey argued for a foul call as Victor Oladipo and Dewayne Dedmon surrounded him.
Miami has won the first two games of a four-game road trip while the Thunder have lost four consecutive games.
Tyler Herro caught FIRE in the Heat W.
🔥 35 PTS
🔥 3 REB
🔥 9 3PM (career-high)
🔥 Game-winner pic.twitter.com/yZ3iTnuMBF
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2022
The Heat led by as many as 21 in the first half, but the Thunder battled back to take a seven-point lead with four minutes remaining in the game.
Miami finished with a 15-6 run, though, to escape with the win.
Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 27 points.
Herro took over to start the second quarter, hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the first 2:18 and scoring the first 11 points of the quarter.
By late in the second, the Heat’s lead was stretched to 21.
Miami hit nine 3-pointers in the second quarter and had 16 at the half — both a franchise record for 3-pointers in a half for the Heat and the most the Thunder had ever allowed in a half.
Herro scored 14 of his points in the second quarter.
Oklahoma City closed the first half on a 12-3 run over the final 3:13 to cut the deficit to 12 at the break.
The Thunder kept the momentum going after halftime, scoring the first 10 points of the third to cut Miami’s lead to two, 64-62.
The Heat were just 1 of 12 during the 22-3 Oklahoma City run to get back into the game.
Miami was just 2 of 9 from inside the arc in the third quarter.
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