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Bucks can't hold first-half lead, trail Heat 3-games to none.

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Miami Heat's LeBron James looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova (C) and Larry Sanders (R) defend in the first half of their NBA b
Miami Heat's LeBron James looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova (C) and Larry Sanders (R) defend in the first half of their NBA b

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN)   The Miami Heat are making it fairly clear that they aren't too intimidated by the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh posted a double-double and Ray Allen became the all-time postseason leader in 3-pointers as Miami took a stranglehold of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a 104-91 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday.

The Heat came out of the gate slow, but won the second half by a 56-41 margin and now have put the Bucks on the brink of elimination by taking a 3-0 series lead.

James was 9-of-14 from the field and Bosh tallied 16 points with 14 rebounds. Allen was 5-for-8 from beyond the arc en route to 23 points to surpass Reggie Miller for most 3-pointers made in NBA playoff history.

Dwyane Wade had a poor shooting night, going just 1-for-12 from the field, but chipped in with 11 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in the victory.

The Bucks once again got very little from their two best players, with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combining for 23 points on 7-of-24 shooting.

Larry Sanders posted 16 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee fell into a three- game hole, a position that no team has ever recovered from.

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