Korver scored a career-high 31 points -- including 17 in the
fourth quarter -- and Iverson added 30 to pass Julius Erving on the
NBA's all-time scoring list in the Philadelphia 76ers' 116-111
victory over the Bucks on Friday night.
"Things just came to me," Korver said. "It has been a tough
month and hopefully this is the start of a better part of the
Chris Webber scored 19 points and Andre Iguodala added 13 for
Philadelphia, which shot 56 percent and forced Milwaukee into
multiple mistakes to overcome Joe Smith's 32-point performance, a
"Chris and myself, some nights we're going to struggle and
we're not going to be able to get it done. We need other guys to
step up," Iverson said. "When you get 31 from a guy off the
bench, you're supposed to win that game."
But the Sixers almost blew it anyway after taking a 104-86 lead
with 6:19 left.
Milwaukee, which overcame a seven-point deficit with 3 minutes
to go in the season opener in Philadelphia, went on a 12-0 run
capped by Michael Redd's 3-pointer to cut it to 104-98.
T.J. Ford's layup made it 110-105 with 1:35 to play, and after
two free throws by Korver, Mo Williams and Smith both added layups
to make it 112-109 with 27 seconds left.
After a miss by Iverson, Redd drove to the hoop for a dunk with
14 seconds remaining to cut Philadelphia's lead to one.
"When you play a team that has come back and beat you each time
in some form or fashion, it can play little mind games on you,"
Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said.
Korver nearly lost the ball on the ensuing possession, but was
fouled and hit both free throws. Redd missed a long 3-pointer with
3.8 seconds left and Korver sealed it with two more free throws.
Iverson, who went the final 9:18 without a point, was 9-of-17
from the field and 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. He's averaged
30 points a game in his career against the Bucks.
The Bucks (27-28) lost their fourth straight to fall under .500
for the first time this season. They turned the ball over eight
times in the first quarter alone after a season-low nine turnovers
in a 97-91 loss at Chicago on Wednesday.
"Our turnovers led to their transition and we didn't do much to
stop them," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said.
It ruined the effort by Smith, who is coming off knee surgery
and has played only limited minutes.
"He was our anchor and played the best game I've seen him play
in three years here," Redd said. "If we can get that type of
performance every night, we'll be in great shape."
It was Redd who needed to play better. He finished with 18
points, but struggled to find his rhythm along with his teammates.
Iguodala picked off lazy passes to finish with six steals, tying
his career high.
A 17-footer by Iverson early in the first quarter gave him six
points, which passed Erving's 18,364 points for 47th on the
all-time list. Iverson finished the quarter with 13 points,
including the final seven for the Sixers.
"It's an honor you know to be able to accomplish something like
that knowing what he meant to this franchise and to the league,"
Iverson said. "It's a great accomplishment, but without my guys,
there's no way to get that accomplished."
The Sixers put together a 14-2 run late in the first half and
led 64-52 at the break.
Iverson's career average against Milwaukee is the best
among active NBA players against the Bucks and trails only Michael
Jordan's 32.3 career average. ... Erving, drafted by Milwaukee in
the first round of 1972, scored all of his points in 11 NBA seasons
with the Sixers. Dr. J scored 11,662 in five seasons in the ABA.
... The Sixers are 186-169 (.523 winning percentage) since 1999
before the All-Star break, and 113-78 afterward (.591). ... Iverson
needs seven points to pass Rick Barry for 46th place. ...
Philadelphia moved into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.