NBA PLAYOFFS: Heat push Bucks to edge of elimination
Ray Allen scored 23 points and broke the NBA career playoff record for 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat beat the host Milwaukee Bucks 104-91 on Thursday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.
Allen’s five 3-pointers against the Bucks gave him 322 for his career, two more than Reggie Miller. LeBron James added 22 points for the Heat, and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored only four points, but had 11 assists.
Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 16 points each.
BULLS 79, NETS 76: Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng added 21 points and 10 boards, and 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.
Brooklyn shot 35 percent for the second straight game. Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Deron Williams finished with 18 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
GRIZZLIES 94, CLIPPERS 82: Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Memphis beat Los Angeles to pull to 2-1 in the 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.
Blake Griffin scored 16 points for the Clippers.
Chris Paul had eight points on 4-of-11 shooting and added six assists.