Really, the Milwaukee Bucks never had a chance.

They knew it deep down.

The Miami Heat certainly knew it.

And the final results were what nearly everyone expected: a first-round sweep by the defending league champion Heat.

Miami completed the job with a workmanlike 88-77 victory over the Bucks in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 18,717 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Miami won all four games in the Eastern Conference series by double digits and completed its first playoff sweep with the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Wade sat this one out to rest his sore right knee, but with James pulling the strings, the Heat hardly needed the former Marquette star.

James finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while playing 41 minutes and nearly the entire second half.

He played every second after halftime until 1 minute, 38 seconds remained and the Heat was well on its way to a conference semifinal matchup against the Chicago-Brooklyn winner.

NBA Commissioner David Stern was in attendance and witnessed the Heat's domination.

"I really don't know that anybody is picking against them," Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said. "Honestly, barring an injury, they're going to roll.

"Especially at the top. That guy (James), he's amazing. He's really good. I don't think people realize it, how good he is.

"He just has complete control of the game. He makes his teammates better. He can get his and he can also get guys involved. As a defensive guy, he just sends you in circles."