CHICAGO (AP) Reeling coming off a loss and with one of their best players sidelined, the Milwaukee Bucks delivered just the sort of performance they needed.
The defending NBA champions raced out to a big lead, making quick work of the Chicago Bulls.
Grayson Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Milwaukee dominated Chicago 111-81 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series 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, handing the Bulls the most lopsided home playoff loss in franchise history.
Coming off two shaky performances in Milwaukee, the Bucks quieted a raucous crowd watching 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.
Middleton is expected to miss the rest of the series after spraining his left knee in Wednesday night in a loss. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago. Without him, Allen said his own mindset didn't necessarily change, though the rhythm was different.
''Maybe was a little bit quicker to shoot some of those catch-and-shoot shots I got,'' said Allen, who hit three straight three 3-pointers soon after entering the game in the first quarter. ''But I think it was just being in different spots. Some of those spots that Khris is usually in on offense - top of the key, playing off of post-ups, isolations. I was there and got the ball swung, and they collapsed hard on Giannis and Jrue (Holiday) all game long. I was able to take advantage of that.