The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 119-95 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series. Grayson Allen set playoff career highs with 27 points and six 3-pointers, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds.
After defeating the Bulls by 30 points and handing them the most lopsided home playoff loss in franchise history, Jrue Holiday scored 26 points and the Bucks made it look easy once more. The defending NBA champions led by 22 points early in the third quarter and were able to maintain their lead after a Chicago push. On Wednesday, they’ll try to wrap up the series in Milwaukee.
Allen surpassed his previous postseason scoring high of 22 points in Game 3 with another outstanding performance off the bench. He hit 10 of 12 shots and 6 of 7 three-pointers, despite Chicago fans booing him nearly every time he touched the ball.
Antetokounmpo led the team with seven assists.
Holiday had a total of five 3s. With Khris Middleton out with a sore left knee, Bobby Portis contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds in his second consecutive start, and the Bucks defeated the Bulls for the 19th time in 21 games.
Zach LaVine had 24 points and 13 assists to lead Chicago, while DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Patrick Williams had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bucks led 56-41 at halftime after Allen nailed 4 of 5 3-pointers and scored 16 points.
With little over two minutes left, it was 54-39 after he and Holiday hit back-to-back 3s. After nailing his first four three-pointers, Chicago’s Patrick Williams dunked, and Allen missed from up top. But in the final minute, he hit a floater to make it a 15-point game.
In the first minute of the third, Portis hit a 3-pointer and Holiday sank a 30-footer, bringing the score to 63-41. After a 17-3 run by Chicago, the lead was cut to 68-60 midway through the third quarter.
The Bucks, on the other hand, responded by scoring 11 points in a row. After blocking LaVine during that stretch, Antetokounmpo scored six points, including a slam to make it 79-60. He also fed Allen for a 3-pointer.