Heat On Verge Of Sweep – NBA Roundup For April 26th
UNDATED (AP) — One more victory and the Miami Heat are in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Ray Allen scored 23 points and broke the NBA career playoff record for 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat used another of their patented runs to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-91 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. Chris Bosh had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored only four points, but had 11 assists.
The Heat can complete the sweep in Game 4 on Sunday at the Bradley Center. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.
In other first-round playoffs:
— Chicago has taken a 2-1 series lead against Brooklyn with a 79-76 win over the Nets. Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Luol Deng (LOO’-ul dehng) added 21 points and 10 boards.
__ The Memphis Grizzlies beat the L.A. Clippers 94-82 to cut the Clippers’ series lead to 2-1. Zach Randolph led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
UNDATED (AP) — Steve Blake won’t play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday’s Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs, and fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful. Blake has a strained right hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely.
Nash got two epidural injections in his back and a cortisone injection in his right hip in an attempt to fight off his nagging pain. Coach Mike D’Antoni says Nash is more likely to play than Meeks, who has a sprained left ankle.
In other playoff news:
— Golden State’s Stephen (STEH’-fahn) Curry is unsure if his sprained left ankle will be healthy enough for him to play in Game 3 against Denver on Friday night.
— Houston point guard Jeremy Lin is listed as day to day with a bruised right chest muscle he sustained in a Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday night.
— Boston coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA on for publicly criticizing game officials after the Celtics’ loss to New York on Tuesday night. He said two fouls called on Kevin Garnett in the game were “horrendous.”