LeBron leads Heat to rout vs. Bucks
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
It may not always be this easy. Then again, it may.
The Miami Heat trounced the Milwaukee Bucks 110-87 in their postseason opener Sunday. LeBron James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the game was in control by the middle of the second quarter, after a brief Bucks rally. The Heat never backed down, never let up.
The tone was set. The title defense was in motion.
Ray Allen racked up 20 points from the bench. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh played their roles as secondary superstars in scoring 16 and 15. But mostly, this was James’ showcase, his first playoff game after a regular season guaranteed to win him MVP, his first playoff game since lifting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy last June.
James opened the game with an alley-oop pass that Bosh finished, then got on the board with a layup and free throw less than a minute in. Miami raced to a 21-8 lead and never trailed, even as Milwaukee pushed back later in the first quarter.
The Heat dominated on both ends, easily besting the Bucks on the boards and in shooting percentage. The stage was set for a series many anticipate will end in sweep.
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis totaled 48 points for the Bucks but were the only Milwaukee players in double figures.… [For more on LeBron James leads Heat to rout in Game 1 vs. Bucks, click here.]