Heat's Tyler Herro wins NBA's 6th Man of the Year award

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Tyler Herro made Miami Heat history on Tuesday afternoon.

The Heat guard was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, one day before Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. That officially made him the first player in Heat franchise history to take home those honors.

Naturally, Herro’s teammates were extremely excited when Heat veteran Udonis Haslem presented him with the award.

Herro has averaged a career-high 20.7 points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench so far this season, his third in the league. He shot an impressive 44.7% from the field and nearly 40% from the 3-point line, too.

The 22-year-old averaged 12.8 points in their first series win against the Atlanta Hawks, and then dropped 25 points in their Game 1 win against the 76ers on Monday.

Herro earned 96 first place votes for the award. He finished ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love and Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, who took second and third, respectively. Herro is also the first Heat player to win any league-wide award since LeBron James won the league MVP award during the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat
Tyler Herro averaged a career-high 20.7 points off the bench for the Heat this season. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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