Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat.
Well, someone different and that guy named LeBron.
Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for 3-pointers in the process, and LeBron James had 7 of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat’s 104-91 victory Thursday night gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
‘‘That’s been our calling card all year, the depth that we have,’’ said Allen, whose five threes gave him 322 for his career, two more than Reggie Miller.
‘‘As a team, you’ve got to find ways to plug in the holes, and every night we find somebody different.’’
Chris Bosh added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who have won 11 straight dating to the regular season and 40 of their last 42. Chris Andersen had another big game, scoring 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in less than 14 minutes.
Dwyane Wade had just 4 points, and his 1-of-12 shooting was his worst in a postseason game. But he contributed 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.
Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings had 16 points each to lead six Bucks in double figures, and Sanders added 11 rebounds while Jennings contributed eight assists.
Bulls 79, Nets 76 — Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng added 21 points and 10 boards, and host Chicago held off Brooklyn to take a 2-1 series lead
The Bulls had no field goals and two foul shots in the final 5:46 of the game, but still managed to beat the Nets for the second straight time.
Brooklyn shot 35 percent for the second game in a row. Brook Lopez had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots, and Deron Williams finished with 18 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Grizzlies 94, Clippers 82 — Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 boards, and host Memphis returned to form to pull to within 2-1 in the series.
Marc Gasol accepted his trophy as the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year before tip-off, then scored 16 points. Quincy Pondexter and Tony Allen had 13 each, and Mike Conley shot 1 of 9 but had 10 assists.
Blake Griffin scored 16 points for the Clippers. Chris Paul had 8 points on 4-of-11 shooting and added six assists.