U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 26 (EFE).- The Miami Heat cruised to a 104-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks behind 23 points from reserve guard Ray Allen to snag a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
The 37-year-old Allen, who got his start in the NBA as a member of the Bucks in 1996, made five of his eight 3-point attempts Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee to lead five Heat players in double figures.
The defending NBA champions trailed by nine after the first quarter but dominated the rest of the way despite an uncharacteristically inefficient performance by Dwyane Wade, who scored just four points on 1-of-12 shooting although he did hand out 11 assists.
LeBron James, the reigning league MVP and odds-on favorite to win that award for the 2012-13 season, had a typically outstanding effort with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Chris Bosh also had a big night for the Heat, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
But the night belonged to Allen, who set a record for most 3-pointers made in the playoffs with 322, eclipsing the mark set by former Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller.
Center Larry Sanders led the way for the Bucks with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Heat can wrap up their first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.
In other playoff action Thursday night, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 94-82 at home but still trail that series 2-1.
The Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets with a 79-76 home victory.