PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers relied on their
offense to overcome a dismal defensive performance.
Allen Iverson scored a season-high 40 points to go with 10
assists, and Marc Jackson had 20 of his season-high 28 points in
the fourth quarter, leading the Sixers to a 107-101 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
Kenny Thomas had 20 points and 17 rebounds, helping Philadelphia
win its second straight game after losing six in a row.
"It was a brilliant offensive performance and a less than
desirable defensive performance," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said.
"Our defense for the first three quarters was probably as bad as
it has been all year."
The Bucks shot 50 percent (18-of-36) in the first half, but
missed 30 of 47 shots in the final two quarters.
"A.I. had a big night, and Jackson and Thomas hurt us," Redd
said. "We have to finish these games off. It's super frustrating.
We've got to keep grinding. Eventually, we'll get some wins."
Jackson put back his own miss to give the Sixers a 100-98 lead
with 1:45 left. He made a free throw 13 seconds later to put
Philadelphia ahead 101-98.
After a pair of free throws by Mason cut it to 101-100 in the
final minute, Jackson made two free throws. Kyle Korver and Thomas
iced it with two free throws apiece.
"It's been an up-and-down season for me," said Thomas, benched
earlier in the year. "It's a matter of getting in the flow of the
game. Coach wants us to shoot the ball if we're open. I was open,
so I took some shots."
Iverson went more than nine minutes without making a shot,
before his driving layup gave the Sixers a 94-92 lead with 4:39
left. He added a jumper to make it 96-92, capping a 9-0 run.
After Jackson made two free throws, Kendall Gill hit a 3-pointer
to tie it at 98.
Iverson has scored 40 or more points 58 times, including
playoffs, in his nine-year career. The Sixers are 40-18 in those
Iverson shot 16-of-33, and made all eight of his free throws.
"I'm not in the rhythm I want to be. Games like this help,"
Neither team led by more than five points after the first
quarter until the final seconds.
Iverson scored 12 of Philadelphia's first 18 points. He had 18
points in the first quarter, 14 on jumpers.
Milwaukee trailed by 11 points in the first quarter but led
51-50 at halftime. The Bucks used a 19-6 run to take their first
lead early in the second quarter.
"Offensively, I thought we settled too much," Bucks coach
Terry Porter said. "We had our chances, had some offensive
rebounds. We just couldn't convert them."
Former 76ers forward Keith Van Horn sat out his fifth
straight game with right ankle tendinitis. Another ex-Sixer, Toni
Kukoc, is among three Bucks on the injured list. ... Sixers F
Corliss Williamson missed his second straight game with a left knee
sprain. ... Iverson took 15 of Philadelphia's 21 shots in the first
quarter, making eight. ... Korver needed three stitches for a cut
on his nose in the second half. He hit his only 3-pointer midway
through the fourth quarter, giving him at least one 3 in each game
this season. ... Jackson scored the Sixers' first nine points in