HEAT sweep Bucks easily with 88-77 victory in Game 4

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The Miami HEAT rested star guard Dwyane Wade but had little trouble putting away the #8 seed Milwaukee Bucks with the 88-77 win.

In the end, it mattered little that Dwyane Wade ended up not playing on Sunday or that Chris Bosh had another up-and-down game or that Mario Chalmers again was largely ineffective throughout the game.

The Milwaukee Bucks still ended up losing to the Miami HEAT for the fourth straight game, never held the lead and they once again had no answer for LeBron James, who picked up his game in the second half (as he did throughout the series) and was met with little resistance on his way to his 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ray Allen again showed why his decision to join the champs was such a match made in heaven, providing the team with 16 points with a few well-timed three-pointers to extend the lead out of the reach of the Bucks near the end of the third quarter. Udonis Haslem's midrange jumper made a welcome return too, adding another arsenal to the Heat's offense, and he went 6-9 from the floor for 13 points to go along with 5 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Brandon Jennings and his disappearing act since he scored 18 first half points in the first game of the series continued into the final game of the Bucks season, with just 3 points to his name. Monta Ellis however bounced back from previous poor performances with a team-leading 21 points but was not a factor in the decisive fourth quarter. Reserves Mike Dunleavy (17 points) and J.J. Redick (10 points) were the only other Bucks players to reach double-figures in scoring. The Bucks as a team was held to just 37% FG shooting as a team and scored just 15 points in the final quarter.

With the score just 69-67 just a few minutes into the fourth quarter, LeBron assisted on four 3-pointers (two by Allen, one each from Chalmers and Shane Battier) in a span of three minutes that, combined with a LeBron layup, made the score 83-72 for the double-digit lead. The MVP then closed out the Heat's scoring for the game with a jumper, a free throw and a layup to sweep the Bucks easily. The Heat won each four games by double-digits.

The Heat are now on a 12 game winning streak dating back from the regular season and will now head home to wait to see which team they will host from the winner of the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls series. Wade will have several days to rest his lingering injuries for the tougher test that awaits in the second round.

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