The Bucks beat the Bulls 111-81, leading 2-1 without Khris Middleton

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After a loss, and with one of their best players on the sidelines, the Milwaukee Bucks delivered just the kind of performance they needed.

The defending NBA champions ran out to a big lead, making it fast for the Chicago Bulls.

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Grayson Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and Milwaukee dominated Chicago 111-81 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the playoff series in the first round without the injured Khris Middleton.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points. Bobby Portis started with Middleton out and finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds despite pain in his right eye from a hit in Game 2. And the Bucks made it look easy, giving the Bulls the most lopsided home playoff loss in franchise history. .

After two shocking appearances in Milwaukee, the Bucks put a breathtaking crowd to watch Chicago’s first playoff game at the United Center in five years. They led by 24 in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Milwaukee Bucks striker Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is battling for a rebound against Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic in the first half of Game 3 of a first round of the NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Chicago.

Milwaukee Bucks striker Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is battling for a rebound against Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic in the first half of Game 3 of a first round of the NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Chicago.
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Middleton is expected to miss the rest of the series after spraining his left knee Wednesday night in a loss. Match 4 is Sunday in Chicago. Without him, Allen said his own mindset did not necessarily change, even though the rhythm was different.

“Maybe it was a little faster to shoot some of the catch-and-shoot shots I got,” said Allen, who hit three three-pointers in a row shortly after entering the game in the first quarter. “But I think it was just being in different places. Some of the places that Khris is usually on the offensive – top of the key, playing out of post-ups, isolations. I was there and got the ball turned and they collapsed hard against Giannis and Jrue (holiday) the whole match long. I was able to take advantage of that. “

Antetokounmpo scored all his points except two after the first quarter. The two-time MVP finished with nine assists and seven rebounds.

Holiday added 16 points to help the Bucks beat the Bulls for the 18th time in 20 games.

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TIRE BATTLE

Nikola Vucevic led Chicago by 19 points. Zach LaVine had 15 and DeMar DeRozan finished with just 11, with the Bucks overcrowding him after setting a career playoff high with 41 in Game 2.

“We did not have the same competitiveness that we had the first two games we had in Milwaukee,” LaVine said. “We took a hit the first game. When we fell 0-9, we responded immediately. We did not respond in the right way (on Friday). We have to look at the film and find out how we can do a better piece of work to match power with power. “

EARLY SEARCH

Milwaukee had it going right from the start and drove out to a 60-41 lead at the break, even with Middleton on the sidelines.

Allen helped crush “Let’s go Bulls!” chants, beat four 3s and scored 14 in the half. It had to make it even harder for fans who were still saddened by his hard-earned mistakes that resulted in a broken wrist for Alex Caruso during a game in Milwaukee in January. They showered him with bub but could not throw him out of the game.

Antetokounmpo started a 13-0 run early in the second quarter with a 19-foot and dunk. And Allen finished it off with a run-off layout that bumped the lead to 46-22.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Milwaukee’s biggest playoff win was with 50 at home against San Francisco in 1971. And the Bucks’ biggest margin on the road was with 36 in Philadelphia in 1970. … Portis wore glasses after missing most of Game 2 with a right eye wear. He received a slap in the face from Chicago’s Tristan Thompson late in the first quarter on Wednesday as both players were heading for a rebound. … G George Hill (abdominal strain) missed his fourth straight game. And coach Mike Budenholzer said he does not appear to be close to returning. … Milwaukee has won 12 of 13 at United Center, dating to the 2016-17 season

Bulls: Chicago’s most skewed playoff loss was 115-78 in Miami in Game 2 of the semifinals in 2013. … The Bulls have not won a home playoff game since beating Cleveland in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference- the semifinals in 2015. Chicago lost that series in six games. … Assistant coaches Chris Fleming and Damian Cotter were back with the team after missing the first two games due to COVID-19. However, assistant Maurice Cheeks was out due to a non-COVID illness, coach Billy Donovan said.

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