Another night, and another second-half burst that propelled the Miami Heat over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Heat now lead the Bucks 3-0 in their first-round playoff series. No NBA team has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.
The Bucks led by as many as ten points in the first half, taking a 50-48 lead into halftime. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said his team expected a "desperate, competitive response" from the Bucks, and they gave it on their home court.
A 6-0 run early in the third quarter gave Milwaukee a 61-55 lead, but that would not last. Miami responded with a 10-1 run to take the lead, and by the end of the third quarter they led by ten points.
The Bucks never got within single digits again.
Ray Allen led the Heat with 23 points on 8-of-14, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. Those five three-pointers gave Allen 322 three-pointers for his career in the playoffs, beating Reggie Miller's NBA record of 320.
"I think about when I first stepped on this floor for the very first time, I thought about what I was going to be able to contribute to this game," said Allen, who spent his first six-plus seasons in Milwaukee. "It's ironic that I'm on this floor right now, because this is where it all started."
LeBron James added 22 points and 6 assists, and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyane Wade struggled with his shot (scoring only four points on 1-of-12 shooting), but had 11 assists and 9 rebounds.
Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 16 points each, with six Bucks scoring in double figures.
The Heat can complete the sweep in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.