Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat. Well, someone different and that guy named LeBron. Ageless Ray Allen scored 23...
MILWAUKEE — Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat.
Well, someone different and that guy named LeBron.
Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for three-pointers in the process, and LeBron James had seven of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat’s 104-91 victory Thursday night gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
“That’s been our calling card all year, the depth that we have,” said Allen, the former Sonic whose five threes gave him 322 for his career, two more than Reggie Miller.
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“As a team, you’ve got to find a way to plug in the holes, and every night we find somebody different.”
Chris Bosh added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, which has won 11 straight dating to the regular season and 40 of its past 42.
Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings had 16 each to lead six Bucks in double figures, and Sanders added 11 rebounds while Jennings contributed eight assists. But the Bucks couldn’t maintain the 10-point lead they took in the first quarter.
At Bulls 79, Nets 76
Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Luol Deng added 21 points and 10 boards as Chicago held off Brooklyn in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
The Bulls had no field goals and two foul shots in the final 5:46 of the game, but still managed to beat the Nets for the second time in the postseason. They will try to grab a 3-1 lead when the series resumes in a quick turnaround Saturday afternoon.
At Grizzlies 94, Clippers 82
Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Memphis returned to form by beating Los Angeles to pull to 2-1 in the first-round series.
Memphis snapped the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak by outrebounding and dominating on second-chance points, the same things Los Angeles did so well on its home court to start the series. Game 4 is Saturday in Memphis.
• Star guard Stephen Curry said he does not know if the pain in his sprained left ankle will subside enough for him to be on the court when Golden State hosts Denver for Game 3 on Friday. The series is tied 1-1.
• Boston coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing game officials after the Celtics’ loss to New York on Tuesday.
• Steve Blake (hamstring) won’t play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 against San Antonio on Friday, and fellow guards Steve Nash (back, hip) and Jodie Meeks (ankle) are doubtful.
• Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is listed as day to day with a bruised right chest muscle.