Bucks rout Bulls in NBA play-offs blowout

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The Chicago Bulls have suffered their heaviest home defeat in NBA play-offs history, routed 111-81 by the Milwaukee Bulls.

The defending champions dominated the Bulls from start to finish to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series, even without the injured Khris Middleton.

Grayson Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis added 18 apiece for the visitors -- who bounced back from a Game 2 loss at home.

Milwaukee silenced a raucous crowd watching Chicago's first playoff game at the United Center in five years almost as soon as it started.

The Bucks led by 24 points in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Middleton is expected to miss the rest of the series after spraining his left knee in Wednesday night's loss.

Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 19 points while DeMar DeRozan finished with just 11 after setting a career play-off high with 41 in the previous game.

The Bucks had it going right from the start, racing out to a 60-41 halftime lead.

In Friday night's other eastern conference first-round showdown, Trae Young hit a trademark running floater in the lane with 4.4 seconds left as the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 16-point second-half to beat top-seeded Miami 111-110 in Atlanta.

The win allowed the Hawks to reduce the best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1.

"I didn't have any doubts," said Yoiung, who had struggled in the first two games.

"I was able to get to the basket and get my floater."

Jimmy Butler missed a jumper with 12.6 second left that could've given the Heat a three-point cushion.

"The plan was get free, shoot it and make it," Butler said.

"I didn't do it. I'll make the next one."

P.J. Tucker led a 21-0 run in the third quarter that pushed the Heat to an 84-68 lead and seemingly on cruise control to a 3-0 lead.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Atlanta.

In Friday's western conference first-round clash, Chris Paul scored 19 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to ensure the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's absence and beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-111.

Deandre Ayton added 28 points and 17 rebounds as the win in New Orleans, gave the top-seeded Suns a 2-1 series lead.

Mikal Bridges had 17 points for the Suns. Backup centre center JaVale McGee scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting as the Suns hurt the Pelicans inside.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 34 points. CJ McCollum had 30.

Booker strained his right hamstring on Tuesday night after scoring 31 first-half points in a 125-114 home loss and he sat on the bench during Game 3.

Game 4 is Sunday night in New Orleans.

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