Heat finish off sweep of Bucks without Wade

Updated: April 28, 2013


The Heat recorded their first series sweep in
the playoffs since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami.

But the Heat didn’t need Wade’s services in Game 4 of their first-round
Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

James led the way with 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three
steals as Miami took down the Bucks, 88-77, to post the franchise’s fourth
postseason series sweep.

Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem added 16 and 13 points, respectively, for Miami,
which swept a playoff series for the first time since the 2005 Eastern
Conference Semifinals. Bosh tallied 10 points and four blocks.

Wade sat out Sunday’s playoff game to rest his bruised right knee. He averaged
13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the first three games of this

The Heat will face either Chicago or Brooklyn in the next round. The Bulls
lead that series by a 3-1 margin.

Monta Ellis ended with 21 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who haven’t
won an opening-round playoff series since 2001. Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick
donated 17 and 10 points, respectively.

The Heat never looked back after scoring the game’s first six points, using a
7-0 spurt late in the first quarter to create some distance. Allen connected
on a pair of shots from the foul line during the run, then hit a 3-pointer to
make it a 22-13 contest with 1:26 left in the period.

Dunleavy responded with a personal 4-0 flurry, but James’ layup with 20.8
seconds remaining gave Miami a 24-17 lead at the end of the frame.

Trailing 30-19 with 9:45 left in the second quarter, the Bucks put together a
12-4 run to get back into it. Ellis scored the final four points of the surge
that got Milwaukee within 34-31 with 5:27 to go in the half.

The Bucks kept it close and cut the gap to two, 43-41, on Redick’s layup with
36.9 seconds remaining before intermission. James’ layup with 6.1 ticks left
gave the Heat a four-point edge at the break.

Miami outscored Milwaukee by a 22-21 margin in the third stanza to take a
67-62 lead into the fourth.

A Dunleavy 3-pointer and Ellis jumper early in the fourth quarter cut the gap
to 69-67, but Allen and Mario Chalmers stopped the spurt with consecutive 3-
pointers to give Miami a 75-67 lead.

Holding an 80-72 margin midway through the final frame, the Heat went on an
8-0 run to secure the victory.

Game Notes

In the first round of the playoffs during the last two seasons, Miami went up
3-0 but could not close the door in Game 4 … No team in NBA postseason
history has come back to win a series down 3-0 … Allen went 4-of-7 from
beyond the arc … The Bucks shot 37 percent from the field.