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Miami one game away from eliminating Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are on the brink of elimination. Last night at the Bradley Center, 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 win.

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.

NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Schedule: Milwaukee (8th seed) vs. Miami

(top seed)

All times Central

Game 1 - Miami 110, Milwaukee 87

Game 2 - Miami 98, Milwaukee 86

Game 3 - Miami 104, Milwaukee 91

Game 4 - Sunday, April 28 at Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5 (if necessary) - Tuesday, April 30 at Miami, time to be announced

Game 6 (if necessary) - Thursday May 2 at Milwaukee, time to be announced

Game 7 (if necessary) - Saturday, May 4 at Miami, time to be announced