The NBA: 2013 Playoffs: Day 6 - Allen for 3

Ray Allen led Miami with 23 points and the Heat
burned the Bucks for a commanding 3-0 lead
(Image from: USA Today)

#FearTheSweep #Rayray
The Bucks were up by 10 in the first half. Dwyane Wade shot 1-12 and finished with 4 points (2nd lowest of his career) and 6 turnovers. Miami had 19 turnovers and shot 14-25 from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Bucks had 6 players in double figures and had the lead in the 3rd quarter. Yet, the final score had the Bucks down by 13 points and looking at a 3-0 series deficit. The Bucks simply dont have enough firepower and composure to match the Heat. Ray Allen sizzled with 23 points (5-8 from deep) while Chris Andersen was great off the bench again with 11 points and 6 boards in 14 minutes. Heck, even Chris Bosh had a rare double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.

#GrindHouse @MacBo50
The Grizzlies played great defense at the GrindHouse as they limited the Clippers to 38% shooting and only 82 points. Chris Paul was defended well by Tony Allen and Conley. CP3 struggled shooting and was held to 8 points and 5 turnovers. No heroics needed from Paul as the Clippers trailed by double digits for most of the 4th period. Zach Randolph dominated inside and won the battle of power forwards against Blake Griffin. Z-Bo finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds and was a team-high +19 on the court. The Grizzlies also won the rebounding edge which has been the barometer on who wins the game. The Clippers previously won the rebounding edge in the first 2 games.

#UglyGame #Defense
If you thought Game 2 of the Nets-Bulls series was ugly, Game 3 was even uglier. Both teams shot below 40% from the field and under 25% from deep. Luckily for the Bulls, they thrive on ugly, defensive games and they ended up winning 79-76. During the 1st and 2nd quarter, the Nets missed 25 of 26 shots. Ouch. The Bulls were comfortably leading by double digits in the 4th quarter when they entered a drought in the last 6 minutes. The Bulls missed all their shots in that span and made only 3 free throws while the Nets made a run and had a chance to tie with a three. CJ Watson air-balled a corner 3 for the tie. He was mostly open but his shot hit nothing at all. Nobody was surprised that an ugly game ended on missed free-throws and an air-ball.

#Stats #News
  • Ray Allen passed Reggie Miller on the all-time list of threes made in the playoffs
  • Wade had 4 points but contributed with 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks
  • Birdman is shooting 13-15 in 3 games and averages 10 points and 6 boards in 14 minutes
  • Chris Paul was a team-high -19 and had 5 turnovers
  • Quincy Pondexter had a playoff career-high of 13 points
  • Boozer and Deng finished with double-doubles
  • Joakim Noah 27 minutes and had 1 point, 8 boards and 2 blocks
  • Bulls-Nets had a combined 13 fast break points 
#Highlights of the Night
Jerryd Bayless with the OOP
Taj Gibson with the facial!
Larry Sanders can do more than block shots

#Player of the Night
Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) - 27 points, 11 rebounds, 9-10 FT and +19

#Tweets of the Night

I assume that's sarcasm from my co workers, "they smile in your face, always wanna take your place"..... Now I'm smiling... Congrats Ray!!

-Talking about Ray Allen passing his record

It wouldn't be a Clippers-Grizzlies game without a double foul on Blake Griffin and Z-Bo

Final Score: Miami 104, Milwaukee 91
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - 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.

Final Score: Chicago 79, Brooklyn 76
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer had a monster double-double and behind a dominating defensive performance, the Chicago Bulls grinded out a 79-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. After stealing home-court advantage from the Nets with a victory in Game 2, the Bulls returned home and held Brooklyn to under 20 points in each of the first three quarters. The Nets were brutal from the field for the second straight game, shooting just 34.6 percent, but had a chance after reducing a 17-point fourth quarter deficit down to three with four seconds left. C.J. Watson, though, shot long on a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the corner, securing the win for Chicago. Boozer carried the Bulls with 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Luol Deng also chipped with a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards. Brook Lopez helped spark the comeback attempt and supplied Brooklyn with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Deron Williams had 18 points albeit another woeful shooting performance and Joe Johnson, who was a gametime decision with plantar fasciitis, scored 15 points in nearly 41 minutes of play.

Final Score: Memphis 94, LA Clippers 82
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - A return to FedExForum was just what the Memphis Grizzlies needed. After dropping the first two games of the series, including a crushing defeat in Game 2, Memphis downed the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-82, behind a raucous home crowd and a big double-double from Zach Randolph in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal. Randolph was held in check the first two games, but powered the Grizzlies on Thursday with 27 points and 11 rebounds, six of which were offensive, and a desperate Memphis squad picked up its first victory of the series. Marc Gasol, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient, turned in 16 points and eight rebounds and helped limit the Clippers to just 38.8 percent shooting. Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter scored 13 apiece and Mike Conley dished out 10 assists in the victory. Chris Paul, who provided the game-winning layup for Los Angeles in Game 2, netted just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, but the Clippers still maintain a 2-1 series lead. Blake Griffin registered 16 points and Chauncey Billups had 11 in the setback.
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