MILWAUKEE, March 1 (Ticker) --
On the day he turned 32, Chris Webber
a nice gift - his first win as a Philadelphia 76er and the
enjoyment of watching Allen Iverson
at his finest.
Iverson continued his dominance of the Milwaukee Bucks by
scoring 48 points, lifting the 76ers to a 118-111 victory.
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While Webber struggled in his second game with the club, Iverson
posted his seventh 40-point effort this season and third
against the Bucks. He scored 40 points vs. Milwaukee on
December 12 and then recorded 54 here six days later.
"They play me straight up man-to-man, they don't do a lot of
things to take the ball out of my hands," Iverson said.
"Sometimes I wonder why they don't do those things, but I hope
they keep playing me exactly how they have."
Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
insisted he and his staff did all
they could to adjust to Iverson's hot hand, but to no avail.
"We tried some of everything," Porter said. "We tried just about
every defensive scheme there is. I think we play them one more
time and we may try a couple different ones and see what
happens. He has our number. He was just in the zone, he was
making shots left and right."
The reigning All-Star Game MVP, Iverson scored 20 points in the
first quarter and had 30 at halftime to help the 76ers take a
65-58 lead at the break. He reached the 40-point mark on a
3-pointer midway through the third quarter, a shot that pushed
Philadelphia's advantage to 80-65.
Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, added eight assists and four
steals and finished 5-of-8 from 3-point range. He shot 18-of-30
"I hope I never take for granted what I'm witnessing," Sixers
coach Jim O'Brien
said. "He might be one of the greatest players
at his position, ever."
Iverson's determination and drive are evident in the wake of
Webber's arrival in Philadelphia.
"I have accomplished a lot of things in my career and have a lot
on my resume, but all I want is a ring," Iverson said.
The Bucks got within seven points on numerous occasions in the
fourth, but Kyle Korver
twice responded with a 3-pointer and
then Iverson did the same to make it 110-100 with 3:25 left.
Webber, who was acquired in a six-player trade with the
Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, scored 15 points before fouling
out with 2:06 left.
"Allen and I talked last night about wanting this win, because
that's what is important. I can catch up later," said Webber of
his second straight sub-par performance.
In his debut with the Sixers on Saturday, Webber was held to 16
points by the Kings and missed a potential game-tying shot at
Korver added 20 points, falling two shy of a franchise high for
attempted 3-pointers with a 4-of-15 effort from long range.
Vernon Maxwell shot 17 3-pointers against New Jersey in April
"I was pretty frustrated with some of my shots, but they
(Sixers) were all over me to keep shooting, so that's what I
did," Korver said. "I feel bad for Milwaukee, he (Iverson) just
catches fire against them."
Behind a 14-of-14 showing from the line, Michael Redd
points to pace Milwaukee. The Bucks made 32-of-35 (91 percent)
of their free throws but lost their fourth in a row to the
"It's a frustrating loss, one that we clearly could've won, but
Allen (Iverson) was exceptional once again against us," said
Redd, who has scored at least 35 points in three of his last
added 28 points, Maurice Williams
22 and Joe Smith
16 for Milwaukee. The other six Bucks to appear combined for
10 points on 4-of-13 shooting and had 10 turnovers.