MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Allen Iverson looked like he might be on his
way to another career game when he put up 45 points in the first
three quarters against his favorite foils, the Milwaukee Bucks.
After a quiet fourth quarter, Iverson settled for 48 points and
leading Philadelphia to a 118-111 victory Tuesday night over the
Bucks, who have been burned for three straight games of at least 40
points by the 76ers All-Star.
"Honestly, they play me one-on-one, straight up," Iverson said
of a Bucks' defense he penetrated at will. "Except in the last
quarter. I guess they felt like they had to do something."
By then, it was too late.
Iverson reached 40 points against the Bucks for the sixth time
in his career, his most against any opponent. He had 40 and 54
points in his previous two games versus Milwaukee.
"AI has our number," said Mo Williams who drew the difficult
task of trying to stop Iverson. "He seems to play really, really
well against us."
He got off to a fast start in this one, scoring 20 in the first
"He was just on fire," Williams said after watching Iverson
make 18-of-30 shots, including five 3-pointers. "He was in such a
good rhythm that really nobody could stop him tonight."
Sixers coach Jim O'Brien could only agree after Philadelphia
beat the Bucks for the third time this season.
"It was the quickest 40 points I think I have ever witnessed,"
O'Brien said. "He was spectacular."
Kyle Korver had 20 points and Chris Webber added 15 before
fouling out with 2:02 left in the game as the Sixers snapped a
three-game losing streak and won with Webber for the first time.
Michael Redd had 35 points, Desmond Mason added 28 and Williams
22 and nine assists and three steals for Milwaukee, which had won
six of seven at home.
Iverson had a career-high and NBA season-high of 60 points set
against Orlando on Feb. 12 and seemed set to surpass before coming
up with just one 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks made a game of it in the fourth by making 16-of-18
free throws and getting 10 points from Mason and nine from Redd.
"When he gives you 48 points in three quarters, it's amazing,"
Webber said. "I've seen him go off like that before, but it's
always been against me. It was fun to pump him up and talk to him
to keep him going.
The Sixers (27-29) pulled to 1½ games behind Atlantic
Division-leading Boston in Webber's second game since being traded
by Sacramento just before the deadline.
"It was just important to get the first win with Chris,"
Iverson said. "The first game bothered him a lot."
In his Sixers' debut on Saturday, Webber had 16 points, 11
rebounds and three steals, but missed a last-second layup in a
101-99 home loss against the Kings.
Iverson, who had eight assists and four steals, took only three
shots in the fourth.
Milwaukee opened the quarter with a 15-6 run and pulled to
102-93 on two free throws by Mason with 7:12 left in the game.
Iverson missed his first shot of the quarter just before Korver hit
a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 10 points.
Webber fouled out when he bumped Redd in the backcourt. Redd
made the two free throws to get the Bucks to 114-107. The Bucks
never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
Korver hit a 3-pointer to start a 20-6 run in the third quarter,
highlighted by Iverson's three 3-pointers. The Sixers opened a
91-71 lead with 2:00 left in the third.
Iverson was great from the tip, darting through the Bucks and
taking advantage of Williams on the defensive end. Iverson was
9-of-13 from the floor and hit eight consecutive shots to help the
Sixers take a 36-33 after one.
Iverson had 10 points in the second quarter on four driving
layups and two free throws.
Iverson also turned in some tough defense, taking a charge from
Mason. Iverson, flat on his back, watched as the Bucks coach Terry
Porter was called for a technical on the play.
Mason had 18 points for the Bucks in the first half, including a
three-point play just before the half that cut the Sixers' lead to
^Notes:@ Webber got the assist on Marc Jackson's jumper in the
first quarter, giving the five-time All-Star 3,000 in his career.
... F Michael Bradley, acquired from the Kings finally made his
Sixers' debut when he came off the bench late in the second. F Matt
Barnes, the other player in the Webber trade, has yet to see
action. ... The Sixers' 36-point first quarter was a Bucks'
opponent-high for an opening period this season.