Herro makes 9 3s, scores 35 points to lead Heat past Thunder

Dec 14, 2022, 5:37 AM | Updated: 8:29 pm
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, right, celebrates with teammate, Victor Oladipo, left, after the Miam...

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, right, celebrates with teammate, Victor Oladipo, left, after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

              Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin (16) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) grabs a rebound in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Mike Muscala, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, center, shoots the game winning shot between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Aaron Wiggins, left, and forward Jalen Williams, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, right, celebrates with teammate, Victor Oladipo, left, after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tyler Herro made a career-high nine 3-pointers, hit the go-ahead jumper and scored 35 points in the Miami Heat’s 110-108 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Herro made a mid-range jumper to finish the scoring with 4.9 seconds left. “The play was drawn up for me to shoot it,” Herro said. “It was one-on-one, so I felt like I had an advantage.”

Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed a mid-range jumper, and Josh Giddey’s putback rimmed out at the buzzer.

“I thought I felt contact,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I guess the ref didn’t think so. It was tough.”

The Heat made a season-high 24 3-pointers — with Herro going 9 of 17 — in sending the Thunder to their fourth straight loss. Miami star Jimmy Butler sat out to rest his right knee.

“There’s been a little bit more intent of getting to our actions and finding the open guy without missing the moment,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were finding our open shooters in those open windows that close very quickly in this league.”

Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 27 points.

Herro began the second quarter with a personal 11-0 run to help Miami pull away. He capped the scoring spree with a corner 3-pointer.

Miami led by 21 points in the second quarter and was up 64-52 at the half.

Oklahoma City opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run and led 78-77 at the 3:42 mark. Miami regained control to take an 86-84 lead into the fourth quarter.

“I thought the way we attacked in the second half was excellent,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said. “Our defense was much better and more alert in the second half. It was not a perfect 48 minutes, but I thought our team really course corrected tonight and gave ourselves a great chance to win the game against a high-quality team.”

TIP-INS

Thunder: F/C Darius Bazley made his first start of the season. He scored 12 points. … F/C Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sat out with a sprained right ankle. … F Kenrich Williams missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee.

Heat: Duncan Robinson played after he missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 14 points.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

Heat: At Houston on Thursday night.

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Herro makes 9 3s, scores 35 points to lead Heat past Thunder