Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Bucks117Final
OT
76ers108
Game 2: Wednesday, November 23rd
76ers97Final
Bucks108
Game 3: Wednesday, December 7th
Bucks88Final
76ers85
Game 4: Friday, February 24th
76ers116Final
Bucks111

Bucks 117

(1-0, 1-0 away)

76ers 108

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIL 29 21 23 29 15117
PHI 32 23 19 28 6108

Top Performers

Milwaukee: B. Simmons 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Philadelphia: C. Webber 32 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Redd forces OT as Bogut, Ford chip in for win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Redd thought for sure his tying 3-pointer would clang off the back of the rim.

Instead, the ball went through, capped a scrappy comeback and propelled Milwaukee to a fantastic start to the season.

Redd hit the game-tying 3-pointer in regulation and scored 30 points to lead the Bucks to a 117-108 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in the season opener.

"That's a shot that all NBA players love to have, that last second shot," Redd said.

And the Bucks loved that he took it. Redd's 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left tied the game at 102-all, brought the Bucks back from seven points down with 3 minutes left and helped make Terry Stotts a winner in his Milwaukee coaching debut.

"For a young team, a team that's coming together, to get the first one on the road is a good sign," Stotts said.

T.J. Ford recorded 16 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds in his first game after cervical spine surgery cost him all of last season. Andrew Bogut, the NBA's No. 1 draft pick who was college player of the year at Utah last season, started for the Bucks and added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Allen Iverson scored 35 points and had nine assists, and Chris Webber added 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Sixers.

The loss spoiled the return of Maurice Cheeks in his Philadelphia coaching debut. One of the most popular players in franchise history, Cheeks has a retired No. 10 jersey and a 1983 championship banner hanging in the rafters.

Now, he has his first loss as coach.

"All the emotion is gone now," Cheeks said. "This was not the way I wanted get the season started."

The Bucks totally took over in overtime, scoring all but six points. Redd hit a pair of jumpers and Bogut was a force inside, converting a three-point play for a 113-104 lead.

Stotts placed modest expectations on Bogut.

"He doesn't have to be our offensive force," Stotts said. "We don't need him to feel like he has to score every time he touches the ball."

After not playing a preseason game together because of nagging injuries, Iverson and Webber were more dynamic duo than the pair that struggled for most of the last 2½ months of last season.

Iverson looked for Webber early and showed -- for a game, at least -- that maybe the two All-Stars can thrive together this year.

"I thought he played great," Iverson said. "He played well in training camp. I'm excited about it. We played well with each other tonight."

Webber heard boo birds last year because he struggled with his shot, his role and sore knees. Whenever "C-Web!" was announced after all 14 baskets, the crowed erupted in appreciation.

After Toni Kukoc sank a 3-pointer early in the fourth that cut the Sixers' lead to three, Iverson answered with a 3-pointer, Webber scooped up a loose ball under the basket and dunked and Iverson scored on a fastbreak layup for an 86-77 lead.

The feisty Bucks pulled to 97-95 on Ford's runner late in the game, but -- who else? -- Iverson and Webber appeared to clinch the win from the free-throw line. They each sank a pair in the final minutes for a 101-95 lead.

But Redd sank a couple of free throws and Ford scored on a driving layup that pulled the Bucks within three. Then Redd stunned the crowd with the 3-pointer. Webber's turnaround off Iverson's inbounds pass fell short.

"Our team did a great job of hanging around until the last minute so when we had to make a 3, we'd be in the game still," Redd said.

The Bucks trailed by seven early in the third until a 19-6 spurt gave them their biggest lead of regulation.

Webber posted All-Star numbers in the first half as strong as he did in any of his 21 games last year with the Sixers. He finished the first half with 18 points and 10 rebounds and helped the Sixers take a 55-50 lead.

Game notes
Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter were at the game. ... The Sixers brought back Cheeks' former teammates Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Clint Richardson and Henry Bibby, and former assistant coach Chuck Daly to support his Sixers homecoming. ... Stotts had no concerns about Ford's health. "There's no limitations at all," Stotts said. "I know there's a lot of concern and interest, but from our perspective, he's 100 percent been cleared. He's ready to go and he's quick as ever."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIL
PHI
Points 117 108
FGM-FGA 42-85 (.494) 41-95 (.432)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 4-12 (.333)
FTM-FTA 27-33 (.818) 22-29 (.759)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-53 13-39
Assists 26 25
Turnovers 17 8
Steals 3 10
Blocks 3 7
Fast Break Points 24 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 29 (1/0)
Largest Lead 11 9

Top Performers

Milwaukee
Philadelphia
Bobby Simmons Simmons
Points: 22
Reb: 12
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Chris Webber Webber
Points: 32
Reb: 14
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 2