Bulls and Grizzlies also win
Hot-shot Ray Allen picked up icy-cold Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat again flipped on the switch to turn off the lights on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Allen fired in 23 points, including five threes to become NBA’s all-time career playoff leader with 322, and the visiting Heat beat the Bucks 104-91 on Thursday for a commanding 3-0 lead in the first round of their Eastern Conference series.
Bothered by a sore knee, Wade scored just four points on a nightmarish 1-of-12 shooting but added 11 assists, nine rebounds and five steals.
Miami looks to sweep the best-of-seven series on Sunday.
After trailing by six at the seven minute 14 second mark of the third quarter for the third time in as many games the Heat went on a decisive run. James scored nine points in a period-ending 23-7 tear for a 78-68 advantage entering the final 12 minutes.
The gap grew to 90-73 on Allen’s three-pointer as the defending NBA Champs coasted home with the win.
Elsewhere, Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Chicago Bulls held off the Brooklyn Nets 79-76 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Zach Randolph powered for 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies’ league-best defence shut down the visiting LA Clippers 94-82 to pull within 2-1 in the first round of their Western Conference playoff series.DPA