PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Philadelphia 76ers relied on their offense to overcome a dismal defensive performance.
Allen Iverson scored a season-high 40 points to go with 10 assists, and Marc Jackson had 20 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Sixers to a 107-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
Kenny Thomas had 20 points and 17 rebounds, helping Philadelphia win its second straight game after losing six in a row.
“It was a brilliant offensive performance and a less than desirable defensive performance,” Sixers coach Jim O’Brien said. “Our defense for the first three quarters was probably as bad as it has been all year.”
The Bucks shot 50 percent (18-of-36) in the first half, but missed 30 of 47 shots in the final two quarters.
“A.I. had a big night, and Jackson and Thomas hurt us,” Redd said. “We have to finish these games off. It’s super frustrating. We’ve got to keep grinding. Eventually, we’ll get some wins.”
Jackson put back his own miss to give the Sixers a 100-98 lead with 1:45 left. He made a free throw 13 seconds later to put Philadelphia ahead 101-98.
After a pair of free throws by Mason cut it to 101-100 in the final minute, Jackson made two free throws. Kyle Korver and Thomas iced it with two free throws apiece.
“It’s been an up-and-down season for me,” said Thomas, benched earlier in the year. “It’s a matter of getting in the flow of the game. Coach wants us to shoot the ball if we’re open. I was open, so I took some shots.”
Iverson went more than nine minutes without making a shot, before his driving layup gave the Sixers a 94-92 lead with 4:39 left. He added a jumper to make it 96-92, capping a 9-0 run.
After Jackson made two free throws, Kendall Gill hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 98.
Iverson has scored 40 or more points 58 times, including playoffs, in his nine-year career. The Sixers are 40-18 in those games.
Iverson shot 16-of-33, and made all eight of his free throws.
“I’m not in the rhythm I want to be. Games like this help,” Iverson said.
Neither team led by more than five points after the first quarter until the final seconds.
Iverson scored 12 of Philadelphia’s first 18 points. He had 18 points in the first quarter, 14 on jumpers.
Milwaukee trailed by 11 points in the first quarter but led 51-50 at halftime. The Bucks used a 19-6 run to take their first lead early in the second quarter.
“Offensively, I thought we settled too much,” Bucks coach Terry Porter said. “We had our chances, had some offensive rebounds. We just couldn’t convert them.”
Former 76ers forward Keith Van Horn sat out his fifth straight game with right ankle tendinitis. Another ex-Sixer, Toni Kukoc, is among three Bucks on the injured list. … Sixers F Corliss Williamson missed his second straight game with a left knee sprain. … Iverson took 15 of Philadelphia’s 21 shots in the first quarter, making eight. … Korver needed three stitches for a cut on his nose in the second half. He hit his only 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, giving him at least one 3 in each game this season. … Jackson scored the Sixers’ first nine points in the fourth.