CHICAGO – Grayson Allen set his career highs in the playoffs with 27 points and six triples, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 119-95 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their series of the first round. .
Jrue Holiday scored 26, and the Bucks looked easy again after beating the Bulls by 30 and handing them the defeat at home to the most unbalanced in franchise history. The defending NBA champions led by 22 early in the third quarter and stabilized after a Chicago boost. They will try to finish the series in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Allen made another great effort from the bench, surpassing his previous postseason by scoring 22 points in Game 3. He made 10 of 12 shots and hit 6 of 7 3, with Chicago fans booing almost every time he touched the ball.
Antetokounmpo had seven assists.
Holiday made five 3s. Bobby Portis added 14 points and 10 rebounds in his second straight outing with Khris Middleton down due to a sprained left knee, and the Bucks beat the Bulls for the 19th time in 21 games.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 24 points and 13 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 and Patrick Williams finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Allen made 4 of 5 triples and scored 16 when the Bucks took a 56-41 lead at halftime.
He was 54-39 just over two minutes after he and Holiday scored 3 consecutive seconds. Patrick Williams of Chicago sank and Allen failed from above after making his first four 3s. But he tipped a floating ball at the last minute to make a 15-point game.
Portis hit a 3 and Holiday buried a 30-foot one, raising it to 63-41 in the opening minute of the third. The lead fell to 68-60 in the middle of the quarter after a 17-3 Chicago partial.
But the Bucks responded by scoring 11 in a row. Antetokounmpo had six of those points, including a checkmate to put the score at 79-60, and fed Allen by a 3 after blocking LaVine during that stretch.
Bucks: Portis and LaVine had to be separated in the final minutes of the game after they got tangled up and had a heated exchange near the Bulls basketball. Portis wore glasses again to protect his right eye. Portis suffered an abrasion in Game 2 when he was hit by Chicago’s Tristan Thompson while looking for a rebound. … G George Hill (abdominal strain) missed his fifth straight game. And coach Mike Budenholzer is not expected to return on Wednesday. “I don’t think it would put him in the day-to-day category,” he said. “I think it will take a little longer. Hopefully it will be shorter than longer.” … G Luca Vildoza was unavailable due to a non-COVID disease. The 26-year-old Argentine played eight minutes in the third game of his NBA debut, after signing with the Bucks on April 6.
Bulls: G Alex Caruso left the game with a facial injury. … Chicago has lost six straight playoff games at home since beating Cleveland in Game 3 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals. Chicago dropped that series in six games. … Assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was back after missing Game 3 with a non-COVID-19-related illness.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Milwaukee.
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Allen scored 27, Bucks defeated the Bulls 119-95 to take a 3-1 lead
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