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MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored 23 points off the bench Thursday to lead Miami to a 104-91 victory over the Bucks in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Allen made 5 of 8 3-pointers, giving him 321 postseason 3-pointers, the most in NBA history. He was one of five Heat players to score at least 11 points. LeBron James scored 22, Chris Bosh 16 and Udonis Haslem 12. Chris Andersen added 11 points and six rebounds while Dwyane Wade made just 1-of-12 from the field and finished with four points.

The Bucks continued to struggle offensively, getting just 23 points from their starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, who combined to go 7-of-24 from the field.

Larry Sanders finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 12 and J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy 11.

In the first half, Milwaukee shot 49 percent from the field (20-of-41) and made 6 of 16 3-point attempts while leading by as many as 10. The Heat outscored Milwaukee 8-2 over the final 45 seconds and trailed just 50-48 at the break.

In the third quarter, Ilyasova blocked Wade's short-range jumper, deflecting to Sanders, who took it all the way to the other end. His dunk put Milwaukee up 57-55, part of a 9-0 run that gave the Bucks a 61-55 lead with 7:13 left in the quarter.

Milwaukee struggled from there, making just 3-of-14 field goals and just 1-of-10 from long range during the quarter while Miami went 12-of-19. Sanders spent much of the quarter on the bench after picking up his first four fouls and the Heat took a 78-68 lead into the fourth.

Miami used a 20-5 run in the final quarter to take a 17-point lead and now leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

NOTES: Sanders was back in the starting lineup after tweaking his ankle in a collision with the Heat's Shane Battier in Game 2. ... Entering play Thursday, Ellis led all players in this postseason with an average of 3.0 steals per game. ... Miami's Mario Chalmers (75) went 0-for-3 on 3-pointers and is still one short of the franchise career postseason mark. ... The Heat have won at least one road playoff game in eight consecutive series, the longest current streak in the NBA.

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