Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Tuesday, November 25th
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Bucks95
Game 2: Monday, January 5th
Bucks88Final
76ers76
Game 3: Monday, March 8th
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76ers97

Bucks 92

(33-30, 10-22 away)

76ers 97

(26-38, 16-16 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 27 30 17 1892
    PHI 13 31 25 2897

    Top Performers

    Mil: D. Mason 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phi: E. Snow 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    76ers win despite missing injured Iverson

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Greg Buckner got some meaningful playing time for the injury riddled Philadelphia 76ers and made the most of it.

    The seldom-used Buckner scored a season-high 20 points and reserve Zendon Hamilton added a season-high 19, leading the 76ers to a 97-92 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

    "I must be a dummy," Sixers interim coach Chris Ford said when asked why Buckner hadn't played the previous four games.

    Kenny Thomas had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Eric Snow had 17 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, which overcame a 20-point deficit to win consecutive games for the first time in two months despite being without star guard Allen Iverson.

    The Sixers are two games behind Cleveland and Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Only three games separate sixth-place New York and Philadelphia, which is 11th.

    "You don't want to sit on the bench," Buckner said. "It's tough, but you have to be ready when the coach calls your name."

    Michael Redd scored 20 points and Desmond Mason added 18 for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Milwaukee is tied with New Orleans for fourth place in the East.

    "It's disappointing," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "When a team doesn't have all of its players, other guys pick it up."

    Iverson didn't play because of a right knee injury that also will keep him out of Tuesday night's game at Chicago. Glenn Robinson, Derrick Coleman and Marc Jackson remained out for Philadelphia.

    Buckner shot 8-for-12, including four 3-pointers.

    "If you're not a superstar, you're going to sit," Buckner said. "I'm just thankful for the opportunity."

    The Sixers, who trailed by 20 late in the second quarter, took their first lead at 78-76 on a three-point play by Hamilton with 8:38 left.

    Buckner followed with a 3-pointer from the corner, Snow made two free throws and hit a jumper and Hamilton made a free throw to cap a 13-0 run that gave Philadelphia an 86-76 lead. The Bucks went scoreless for 4:33 during that stretch.

    A 3-pointer by Redd cut the deficit to 95-92 with 46 seconds remaining. After John Salmons missed a 3, Redd missed a driving layup and an ill-advised, wild 3. Hamilton iced it with two free throws.

    "I thought the clock was running down so I hoisted it," Redd said of the 3. "I thought I got fouled, but the referee didn't think so."

    Four former Sixers -- Brian Skinner, Joe Smith, Keith Van Horn and Toni Kukoc -- combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds.

    The Bucks used a 21-5 run in the first quarter to build a 14-point lead. An 11-2 spurt gave Milwaukee its biggest lead, 53-33, with 3:46 left in the second quarter. Skinner started the run with a dunk and a short jumper and Kukoc finished it with a 3-pointer.

    Game notes


    Thomas had his eighth straight double-double. ... Bucks guard Damon Jones and a fan who was heckling Van Horn went back-and-forth during the final minutes of the first half. ... Milwaukee is 2-1 against Philadelphia this season. The last time the Bucks won three in a row against the Sixers was in 1997. ... The Bucks are 20-13 against losing teams. ... The Sixers are 7-12 without Iverson this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    PHI
    Points 92 97
    FGM-FGA 35-71 (.493) 37-78 (.474)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-30 14-43
    Assists 25 26
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    Philadelphia
    Desmond Mason Mason
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Eric Snow Snow
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0