Heat put Bucks in 0-3 hole 104-91

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MILWAUKEE —  The Milwaukee Bucks are 1 loss away from being swept out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat, following their 104-91 game 3 defeat Thursday night in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Sparked by J.J. Redick’s 11 first half points off the bench, the Bucks went ahead by as many as 10 points in the first half.

Ten years after he was traded by the Milwaukee Bucks, future Hall of Famer Ray Allen is still haunting them; Allen scored 15 of his game high 23 points before intermission (including back to back 3 pointers), as the defending champs cut the lead to 2.

The future Hall of Famer drained 5 three pointers and passed Reggie Miller as the all-time playoff leader in that department with 322.

The Heat turned up the intensity on their defense and held the Bucks to just 41 points in the 2nd half; once again, they turned the game into a blowout in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Larry Sanders scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Milwaukee; Brandon Jennings shot just 5 of 15 from the field for his 16 points.  Monta Ellis, who was held to single digits for the 2nd straight game, managed just 7 points.  LeBron James scored 22 for the visitors.

Game 4-perhaps the last one for the Bucks this season-is Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.