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All three home teams looked to leave Tuesday night the same way they entered it: holding a series lead.
The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks kicked off the action with their second South Beach showdown of the series.
For Miami, the game was a small step toward its championship-repeat aspirations. But Milwaukee played like a team backed up against the ropes, realizing what an 0-2 deficit against the defending champs might mean.
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks then renewed their rivalry with a gritty clash befitting of its New York City backdrop. Carmelo Anthony looked to continue his torrid scoring stretch, but defense was the key to yet another low-scoring Eastern Conference playoff affair.
Finally, the action shifted out West where the Golden State Warriors tried to fight through the suffocating atmosphere in Denver. Both teams bullied each other with an offensive barrage, but which side delivered the decisive knockout punch?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Tuesday’s trio of playoff games.