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Heat handle Bucks in NBA playoffs

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Milwaukee Bucks logo.
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MIAMI  (WSAU-TSN)   No team has ever headed into the NBA playoffs on a bigger roll than the Miami Heat.

On paper, the defending champs are expected to wash away the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Heat looked like every bit the part of the favorite in their postseason opener.

LeBron James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Miami's wire- to-wire 110-87 rout of the Bucks in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference first- round series.

James tallied those 27 after tying a playoff career low with only 11 shot attempts. He made nine of those tries. James had only taken just 11 shots in a playoff game twice before.

Ray Allen netted 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 16 and Chris Bosh finished with 15 for the Heat, who went 30-2 since the All-Star break, the best second-half winning percentage in NBA history. That mark topped the 31-4 record the Utah Jazz posted during the 1996-97 season.

Brandon Jennings, who predicted the Bucks would defeat the Heat in six games, tallied 18 of his 26 points in the first half for Milwaukee, which closed the year by dropping 15 of its last 21 tilts. Monta Ellis recorded 22 points in defeat.

The Bucks haven't won an opening-round series since 2001.

Game 2 is slated for Tuesday in Miami.

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