Heat 88, Bucks 77

The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen had two fourth quarter 3-pointers and finished with 16 points as the Miami Heat finished off a four-game sweep with an 88-77 victory over the Bucks Sunday in Game 4 of a first-round Eastern Conference Playoff series at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Allen saw extended action with Miami's Dwyane Wade out due to a sore knee. LeBron James anchored the Heat attack, leading with 30 points on 13-of-20 shooting with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 41 minutes.

Udonis Haslem finished with 13 points and Chris Bosh added 10 for Miami, which swept a playoff series for the first time in the Wade/James/Bosh era.

With Wade out, Milwaukee had ample opportunity to avoid the sweep, drawing within a point in both the third and two in the fourth quarter, but turnovers, missed shots and an overall inability to match up with Miami led to the Bucks' fifth consecutive postseason series loss.

Monta Ellis led Milwaukee with 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting to go along with eight assists and five rebounds. Mike Dunleavy added 17 and J.J. Redick 10 off the bench, but the Bucks shot just 37 percent (30-of-81) as a team and committed 16 turnovers.

Brandon Jennings played just 23 minutes and was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He finished with three points on 1-of-7 shooting with two turnovers.

Miami advances to face the winner of the Brooklyn-Chicago series which the Bulls lead, 3-1.

NOTES: The Bucks have lost six consecutive playoff series and 12 of their last 13, dating to the 1988-89 season. Milwaukee hasn't advanced past the first round since reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001. ... Heat guard Dwyane Wade was active but not in the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee. He scored just four points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field with 11 assists in Game 3 and is averaging 13.7 in the series. Mike Miller started in Wade's place. ... Milwaukee's starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings of Monta Ellis was a combined 41 of 112 (36.6 percent) from the field and just 9 of 47 (19 percent) on 3-point attempts during the series. ... Chris Andersen was quiet in Game 4, scoring just two points in 17 minutes, but he was a big contributor off the bench in the first three games, hitting 13 of 15 shots while averaging 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14.3 minutes. "He's given us everything he's got," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And what he does might not necessarily fit with other teams. We absolutely value everything he brings to the table -- that energy, that defensive presence."
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