5 Underrated Heat performances from stunning Game 2 win

Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat's 3-point shooting grabbed the headlines from their Game 2 win in Boston, but the impact of these five players should not be overlooked.
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In Wednesday's improbable 111-101 game 2 victory for the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics, there were some crucial performances across the team. It all started with Tyler Herro, who willed the Heat as the main offensive orchestrator and playmaker. Coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged this in the locker room postgame, telling Herro, “That’s the best playmaking you’ve ever done."

The Heat had to avoid falling to an 0-2 series deficit, and got some reassurance from their Herro. He finished the game with 24 points and a game-high 14 assists on 7 for 13 shooting and 6 for 11 from 3-point range. He also contributed 5 rebounds and had a 21 plus-minus -- also a game-high.

This performance came after a rough game 1 outing for Herro when he had a pedestrian 11 points on 4 for 13 shooting. However, Game 2 was a bounce-back outing and clearly a game that had Herro’s imprints all over it.

With all this being said, this was a team effort across the board. It was a true ‘Heat Culture’ type of game that featured several underrated performances from the team. Now, we look back on five of them that made the biggest impact in Miami earning the road victory that stole home-court advantage.

5. Haywood Highsmith

In 26 minutes of action off the bench, Haywood Highsmith provided meaningful two-way playing time. He finished with 9 points and 3 rebounds on 50% shooting and 3/5 from 3-point range. Highsmith received the most minutes out of all four bench players in the game.

His defense on the perimeter always goes underatted, but his big fourth quarter 3-pointer helped kill the Celtics momentum after they tried to make a late run.