Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro made history at the start of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday.
Herro, a 6-5 guard drafted 13th overall by the Heat out of Kentucky, became the youngest player to start a game in the NBA Finals, a mark previously held by Magic Johnson when he started for the Lakers in 1980.
Herro is just 20 years and 256 days old. He wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 1, but was inserted for the start by coach Eric Spoelstra for Game 2 after the foot injury to Goran Dragic on Wednesday.
All-Star center Bam Adebayo was also out for Miami, and was replaced in the starting five by Meyers Leonard.
Herro had 14 points in Game 1, on 6-of-18 shooting, but entered Friday averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game for the Heat in the 2020 playoffs.
Herro still hasn’t passed Johnson in another area however. Johnson still owns the NBA record for points in a playoff game by a player 20 years old or younger, with 42 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 Finals.
Herro is second on that list after he scored 37 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Sept. 23.