NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, March 1st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 118, Milwaukee 111
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson exploded for 48 points, as the revamped Philadelphia 76ers put the brakes on a three-game slide with a 118- 111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Iverson registered the 57th 40-plus point game of his career for the Sixers, who won for the first time with recently-acquired forward Chris Webber as well as newcomer Rodney Rogers. Webber, who was also celebrating his 32nd birthday, finished with 15 points while Kyle Korver netted 20 points in the victory.
"The win made it all that much better," Iverson said. "I've accomplished a lot but the only thing I'm missing is a world championship. That's all I care about."
Michael Redd followed up his 35-point effort on Sunday with another 35 in this one for Milwaukee, which entered the game having won three of four. Desmond Mason contributed 28 points in the losing cause.
The 76ers trailed through much of the first quarter, but staged a rally late and eventually grabbed the lead. Aaron McKie's three-pointer from the right base line with under 40 seconds left gave the Sixers a 34-31 edge. The veteran guard followed with a fadeaway that beat the buzzer and the Sixers led 36-33 after the opening 12 minutes.
Twenty of Philadelphia's 36 first-quarter points came from Iverson, who during one stretch scored 13 straight.
"They don't do a lot of things to take the ball out of my hand," Iverson said about the Milwaukee defense. "Sometimes I wonder why they don't do those things, but I hope they keep playing me the way they play me."
Iverson was all over the place throughout the first half. In addition to netting 10 points during the second quarter, he made a difference away from the ball as well, forcing Milwaukee to commit offensive fouls and stealing the ball while Philadelphia opened up a 55-42 lead with five and a half minutes to play before the break. Korver and Webber each provided several clutch baskets and the visitors led 65-58 after 24 minutes.
Iverson continued to dazzle after halftime. Early in the third, he drove through the lane and softly popped a bucket over three defenders before draining the foul shot for a 70-58 Sixers lead.
After the Bucks cut their deficit to six, Korver nailed a three-pointer before Iverson went off for three consecutive treys to push the lead to 82-65 midway through the stanza.
After a blocked shot by Samuel Dalembert led to two more for Iverson and an 84-69 advantage with 4:40 to go in the third, Iverson connected again from behind the arc nearly a minute later. That preceded a nice look from Andre Iguodala to Marc Jackson under the net that deflated the Bucks and put the 76ers well in command. Jackson finished with 14 points off the bench.
Philly opened the final frame with a 16-point lead, but the Bucks cut it to six, 96-90, courtesy of a 13-3 run before five minutes had elapsed. Maurice Williams scored five during the spurt and Mason added four.
However, a McKie three-pointer restored a nine-point lead before Korver drilled two quick three-pointers, the second of which made it a 105-95 margin with 5:40 to go.
Milwaukee on several occasions showed signs that it could get within two possessions. Redd drained a long three-pointer to cut the Bucks deficit to 114-107 with under two minutes remaining, but it was not enough and Philly held on for the victory.
This was the seventh time this season that Iverson has scored at least 40 points and the third 40-plus game of 2004-05 versus Milwaukee. On December 12, Iverson poured in 40 and six days later posted 54 against the Bucks...The Sixers are now 3-0 against Milwaukee this season and have won four straight meetings overall...Williams finished with 22 points for Milwaukee, which was outrebounded, 40-33...Iverson was 18-of-30 from the floor and 5-of-8 from behind the arc.
03/01 23:41:06 ET