Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/12

Game 1: Sunday, December 12th
Game 2: Saturday, December 18th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 1st
Game 4: Monday, April 18th

76ers 116

(10-13, 3-8 away)

Bucks 97

(6-15, 5-6 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2004

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 29 26 23 38116
    MIL 17 22 30 2897

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 54 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: M. Redd 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Philadelphia wins four of five

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A night after the Philadelphia 76ers had a disheartening loss, Allen Iverson made sure it wouldn't happen again by playing one of the best games of his stellar career.

    Iverson scored a season-high 54 points, including his 15,000th career point, and the Sixers won for the fourth time in five games, earning a 116-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

    "I called his play as many times as I possibly could, and it makes my job a lot easier," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said.

    It was the seventh time in Iverson's nine-year career that he had scored at least 50 points in a regular-season game, and he has done it three times in the playoffs.

    His career-high is 58 points against Houston in an overtime game on Jan. 15, 2002, and the 54 points tied his second-highest scoring total in a regular-season game.

    The Bucks tried several different defenders against the five-time All-Star, but none could slow him. He made 17 of 29 shots and 16 of 21 free throws, grabbing eight rebounds before exiting with 2:34 left and the Sixers leading 106-87.

    Iverson said he did not mind sitting out the final minutes of a blowout victory instead of attempting to set a career high.

    "Honestly, and I can't be any truer than this, all I wanted was for the Milwaukee Bucks to be down one point once there were all zeroes on the board," he said.

    The Sixers blew a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to New York on Friday night. They opened an 18-point, third-quarter lead against Milwaukee, but watched as the Bucks pulled within 64-63 on Michael Redd's 3-pointer with 4:44 left in the quarter.

    Philadelphia, though, went on a 9-0 run to open a 10-point lead and the Bucks came no closer than seven points the rest of the game, and no closer than nine in the fourth quarter.

    "We're starting to get some things, and four out of five (games won) is a good indicator," O'Brien said.

    Milwaukee, decimated by injuries, has gone 3-14 since starting the season 3-1.

    "The biggest thing for us was we struggled offensively and we are just really limited as to what we can run because of all the new guys," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said.

    Redd scored 29 points for the Bucks, who have four players on the injured list and also are playing without the injured Keith Van Horn. Milwaukee missed 58 of 88 shots, shooting a season-low 34 percent.

    Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Corliss Williamson added 15 for Philadelphia.

    Iverson is the seventh active player and 93rd in NBA history to score 15,000 points. He scored 33 first-half points, making 12 of 17 shots and six of seven free throws.

    His 17-foot jump shot with 6:19 left in the second quarter gave him 15,001 points.

    After the game, Iverson credited all of his NBA coaches and teammates for the milestone.

    "It made me feel good about the people who have surrounded me and have helped me during my ups and downs in my career," he said.

    Iverson had 12 field goals in the first half to Milwaukee's nine. The Bucks missed 25 of 34 shots in the first half, with their starters missing 17 of 20.

    Game notes

    After Iverson exited the game in the closing minutes, he gave his shoes to young boys wearing Sixers jerseys in the stands. ... The other six active players with 15,000 points are Reggie Miller, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton, Clifford Robinson, Kevin Willis and Latrell Sprewell. ... A night after scoring a season-high 26 points, Kenny Thomas did not dress for the 76ers due to a mid back strain. He was injured in pregame warmups. Williamson made his second start of the season in Thomas' place. ... Bucks forward Desmond Mason was ejected with 2:57 left in the third quarter for arguing calls. ... Milwaukee signed guard Eddie House before the game. ... Sixers guard Kenny Salmons did not dress due to bronchitis.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 116 97
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 30-88 (.341)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 34-42 (.810) 34-45 (.756)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 22-56
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 9 4
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 17 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 29 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 21 1

    Top Performers

    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 54
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0