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Tyler Herro sets NBA record with most points by reserve in first 7 games of a season

Herro absolutely cooked the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and set the record with 157 points in Miami’s first 7 games.

NBA: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are a conference-best 6-1. While it’s been the impact of Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry that have helped propel the team defensively, it’s been Tyler Herro who has brought the heat offensively.

He’s leading the league in bench points per game and has now scored 157 points through 7 games which, per a team note on Twitter, is the most in league history. Considering all the NBA’s elite sixth men over the years, this is a crazy stat now being held at Herro.

Herro was on fire in the first half of the Heat’s most recent game against Dallas. Down big early, the Heat, behind an almost Herro-only onslaught, got back into the game and took the lead into half. Herro ended the night with a team-high 25 points.

He’s hit over 20 points in five of seven games and 25 or more in four of them. Herro is averaging 22.4 points per game and shooting over 46 percent from the field and over 40 percent from deep. He also adds in 6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

After having a remotely disappointing sophomore season after a history-setting performance in the bubble, Herro is showcasing his offseason development.

Herro is an often-forgotten player in that 2019 NBA Draft, one dominated by phenoms Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. Herro is looking to make his presence felt as one of the better players in that class.

With the Heat sitting at 6-1 after handily defeating the Mavericks on Tuesday night, their roster and the way it’s compiled looks like they could primed for another deep postseason run.

With length in the frontcourt and skilled playmaking in the backcourt along with the veteran savvy of Lowry and Butler, everything is coming together for the Heat. Now, they need to just stay hot.

That’s easier said than done, but with Herro playing at this level, they should be able to continue to run the East.