The Miami Heat are one win away from advancing to the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs.
On a night where Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller’s All-Time Playoff Three Point record, the Heat bounced back from a sloppy first half and trounced the Bucks to take a 3-0 series lead. The Bucks led the Heat at halftime 50-48, but the defending champions proved to be too much in the second half.
The Bucks were ahead of the Heat for most of the first half, but squandered momentum thanks to Ray Allen’s two big three-pointers that cut the lead to two. Miami, who was the league’s worst rebounding team during the regular season, out-rebounded Milwaukee for the third straight game (43-38).
Dwyane Wade struggled on the offensive side of the ball but found other ways to impact the game. Miami’s bench, led by Ray Allen’s 23 points and 5 three pointers, was again a huge key to Miami’s win. They tallied 43 points and gave the “Big 3″ fresh legs for most of the game.
Miami’s defense bothered Milwaukee guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. They were forced to take contested jumpers and could not make an impact. Jennings and Ellis were a combined 7-24 and finished with only 23 points.
Game Four will air Sunday April 28th at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.