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...
MILWAUKEE 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 last 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.
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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 to 64-63 on Michael Redd’s three-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.