Notebook: Heat 104, Bucks 91

Posted Apr 25, 2013 11:34 PM

Rick Braun, for

THE FACTS: Ray Allen scored 23 points and LeBron James added 22 as the Miami Heat pulled away to a 104-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, taking a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Allen made 5 of 8 3-pointers as Miami overcame a slow start to wear down the Bucks. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champions.

Larry Sanders led the Bucks with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Jennings had 16 points and eight assists. But for the second straight game the Heat put the clamps on Milwaukee's guard combo of Jennings and Monta Ellis. Jennings made just 5 of 15 shots and had four turnovers, and Ellis was just 2 of 9 for seven points.

QUOTABLE: "It's something we take pride in for the Miami Heat. The first day of training camp we work on containing the pick-and-roll, two-on-two. It's a combination of the bigs doing their job along with the guards doing their job. It shows that our defense is on the string. We're playing together, contesting shots and being where we're supposed to be. We're a tough team to beat when we're defending as one unit."
-- Heat guard Norris Cole on stopping Milwaukee's pick-and-roll game.

THE STAT: The Bucks made 5 of 10 from behind the arc in the first quarter and led by as many as 10. It turned out to be fool's gold, however, and Milwaukee made just 2 of 16 3-pointers the rest of the way.

TURNING POINT: After Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's layup pulled the Bucks within 67-66 with 3:29 left in the third quarter, the Bucks did not get another field goal attempt the rest of the quarter until Jennings' half-court heave at the buzzer. Mbah a Moute made two free throws in that span and Samuel Dalembert missed two free throws, but the Bucks also committed four turnovers in the final 2:11 of the quarter as Miami closed with an 11-2 run for a 78-68 lead.

QUOTABLE II: "We don't take him for granted. (He's) 'Everyday Ray.' To have somebody of his caliber and his resume coming off the bench is significant. 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. That's why we recruited him so hard."
-- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Allen.

HOT: Chris Andersen made all five of his shots to finish with 11 points and is 13 for 15 in the series.

NOT: Dwyane Wade had one of the worst shooting nights of his career going just 1 for 12 for four points. He did, however, contribute 11 assists, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wearing a Milwaukee Brewers hat, skipped watching the NFL Draft and was instead in the stands cheering for the Bucks.

GOOD MOVE: Bucks coach Jim Boylan said before the game that he told guard J.J. Redick to be more aggressive. Redick took that to heart and came out firing, making three first-half 3-pointers.

BAD MOVE: After not committing a foul in the first half, Bucks center Sanders committed four in the first 7:01 of the third quarter and was a non-factor the rest of the way.

NOTABLE: 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. Miller has 320. ... The victory gives the Heat a road victory in nine consecutive playoff series. ... Miami scored a 43-38 edge on the boards and has now outrebounded the Bucks, 132-102, in the series. ... Attendance was 18,165, about 550 short of a sellout. ... Miami's bench held a 43-25 edge in scoring and made 17 of 27 shots. ... The Heat's 43 bench points equaled the 43 it scored in Game 1. That's the second-most in franchise post-season history. Miami had 45 bench points on April 29, 2000 against Detroit. ... James had a 16-game, post-season streak of scoring at least 25 points snapped.

UP NEXT: Game 4, 3:30 Sunday @ Milwaukee, Game 4 Tuesday @ Miami, TBA, (if necessary), Game 6, Thursday @ Milwaukee, TBA (if necessary), Game 7, May 4 @ Miami, TBA (if necessary).