Heat Take 3-0 Lead in Playoffs Over Bucks; Bulls, Grizzlies Win

Ray Allen scored 23 points and LeBron James added 22 to lead the Miami Heat to a 104-91 win at the Milwaukee Bucks that gave the defending champions a three-games-to-none playoff series lead.

In other games last night, the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 79-76 for a 2-1 advantage in their best-of-seven series, and the Memphis Grizzlies won their first game in three contests with a 94-82 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The New York Knicks seek to extend their lead to 3-0 against the host Boston Celtics tonight. The visiting San Antonio Spurs are chasing a third straight win against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets travel to the Golden State Warriors with their series tied at 1-1.

Allen, who had five 3-pointers last night, set an NBA postseason career record with 322 shots made beyond the 3-point line. The old record of 320 was held by Reggie Miller.

The Heat, trailing by two points at halftime, were behind 61-55 midway through the third period before going on a 30-8 run, which lasted until early in the fourth quarter.

“That’s been our calling card all year, the depth that we have,” Allen told reporters. “As a team, you’ve got to find a way to plug in the holes, and every night we find somebody different.”

The Heat can wrap up the first-round series on April 28 in Milwaukee.

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Luol Deng had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who opened a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter and then withstood a late Nets rally.

The Nets were led by Brook Lopez with 22 points and seven blocked shots.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is tomorrow at Chicago’s United Center.

At FedExForum in Memphis, Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol added 16 points. Blake Griffin had 16 points to lead the Clippers.

The Grizzlies host Game 4 tomorrow.

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