Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Game 2: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, December 7th
Game 4: Friday, February 24th

76ers 116

(27-27, 10-16 away)

Bucks 111

(27-28, 17-11 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, February 24, 2006

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 30 34 30 22116
    MIL 28 24 28 31111

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: J. Smith 32 Pts, 10 Reb

    Korver's career-high 31, AI's 30 fuel Sixers past Bucks

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Allen Iverson always plays well against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Kyle Korver's performance that no one expected.

    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 season."

    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 season high.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 116 111
    FGM-FGA 41-73 (.562) 40-80 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 6-11 (.545) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 28-37 (.757) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-28 16-42
    Assists 24 25
    Turnovers 14 20
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 2 1
    Fast Break Points 19 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 18 1

    Top Performers

    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Joe Smith Smith
    Points: 32
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0