Bucks Make Big Run, Steal Win From Sixers
Milwaukee 88, Philadelphia 85
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks took another win from the Philadelphia 76ers, who were only too willing to give it away.
Rookie Andrew Bogut's go-ahead follow shot with 10 seconds left was part of a closing 10-0 run that gave the Bucks an 88-85 victory over the slumping 76ers, who made a slew of mistakes down the stretch.
"We think we stole that one," Redd said.
"This loss was worse than any this year," 76ers star guard Allen Iverson said.
The Sixers rallied from an 18-point second-quarter deficit with a huge third period and held an 85-78 lead after two free throws by Andre Iguodala with 2:56 to play. Redd sank two free throws, then threw in a hook at the 2:04 mark after a pair of Sixers knocked a rebound away from each other.
With 23 seconds to go, John Salmons fouled Maurice Williams on a 3-pointer. Williams made the first two free throws but missed the third after a timeout by the Sixers. However, Samuel Dalembert knocked the rebound out of teammate Chris Webber's hands.
"I told everybody to box out and I'll get the rebound," Dalembert said. "We both just went for the same ball. It was a lack of communication."
"This one hurts so bad that I have to watch the tape to see what happened," Webber said. "I have to calm down from being so upset."
Williams missed a jumper that was rebounded by Dalembert, who was fouled with 19 seconds to play. The 7-footer missed both free throws, then was slow retreating on defense. He tried to block a driving layup by T.J. Ford, which allowed Bogut to easily clean up the miss.
"I felt good on the first attempt and on the second one I didn't stay within my routine," Dalembert said. "After the free throw, I was trying to put pressure to make him give up the ball. I was trying to help contain and slow the game down a little bit. I just didn't do my job."
"Dalembert is a shot-blocker and he was trying to block the shot," Bogut said. "He was trying to block T.J. and he knew that Dalembert was coming. T.J. just put it up and I came off the other side and put it in. It was a pretty easy play."
Iverson, who scored a season-low 23 points on 8-of-22 shooting, missed a foul-line jumper and Redd made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left. Webber missed a 3-pointer as time expired, sending the Sixers to their fourth straight loss.
"If you look at this game, you can see what happened," Iverson said. "We missed two free throws. We let the ball go out of bounds after they miss a free throw. I miss an easy shot that would have put us up one. It's like we're almost freezing up when it's time to win basketball games."
"I couldn't even write that," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I couldn't even put that in a practice. We foul a 3-point shooter, they miss a foul shot and the ball goes out of bounds."
Williams had 16 points and nine assists and Ford scored 12 points for the Bucks, who scored just 11 points in the third period but recovered for their fourth win in five games.
"We made some key stops and got some big rebounds," Redd said. "We got lucky on the 3-point (shot). Philly made a game of it and should have won it."
Dalembert had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Sixers, who had six scorers in double figures but lost for the eighth time in 10 games since a 6-3 start.
"Sometimes when we've won, we didn't figure out what it was we did to win," Dalembert said. "We have to learn from our wins and come the next day and beat these teams."
"I'm not going to question our basketball IQ," Cheeks said. "I have to teach Sam that if he misses a free throw, he has to get back and guard his big guy. I would love to have Sam get back. I have to teach that. It's the reason why I am here. I have to teach these guys how to finish games. It's not all on them."
Redd had two 3-pointers and 10 points and Charlie Bell added seven points in a 28-6 run that gave Milwaukee a 46-28 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter and brought boos from the sparse crowd at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia trailed, 54-39, at halftime but turned things around with its defense in the third quarter and took a 71-65 lead into the final period.
"We played a good first half and we built a huge lead," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "You knew that they were gong to make their run. They made hustle plays and we had a lot of turnovers. At the end, we came up with timely rebounds and plays."