Ray Allen Sizzles as Heat Scorch Bucks for 3-0 Lead
2013 NBA Playoffs
Ray Allen scored 23 points and LeBron James added 22 as the Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-91, for a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Allen went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc to help Miami overcame a slow start en route to victory that moved them closer to a sweep of the Bucks.
With his five 3-pointers, Allen moved past Reggie Miller for the most 3-pointers in post-season history. Allen has 322 career post-season 3-pointers while Miller has 320.
"Without him tonight, we probably don't have the chance to pull away and win the game in the fourth with LeBron on the bench. He's done this everywhere it's been. We've been on the other end of it too many times," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Allen.
Chris Bosh added 16 points and 14 rebounds, Udonis Haslem had 12 and Chris Andersen finished with 11 points for the Heat, who won despite a poor performance from Dwyane Wade.
Wade had one of the worst shooting nights of his career, going just 1-for-12 for four points but contributed 11 assists, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots.
The Heat's defense was also instrumental to the victory as it limited the Bucks' backcourt combination of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to a combined 25 points on 7-for-24 shooting.
Larry Sanders led the Bucks with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Jennings finished with 16 points and eight assists. Ersan Ilyasova had 15, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute tallied 12 while Mike Dunleavy and Gustavo Ayon had 11 each for Milwaukee.
The Bucks made five of 10 from behind the arc in the first quarter and led by as many as 10 but they went 2-for-16 the rest of the way as the Heat turned up their defense.
In the third, the Bucks committed four turnovers in the final 2:11 of the quarter while Miami closed with an 11-2 run for a 78-68 lead.
The Heat go for a sweep in Game 4 at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen talks about coming off the bench and what makes the Heat special
Ray Allen Sizzles as Heat Scorch Bucks for 3-0 Lead
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