Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Bucks93Final
76ers95
Game 2: Saturday, November 9th
76ers105Final
OT
Bucks110
Game 3: Friday, January 17th
Bucks99Final
76ers95
Game 4: Tuesday, January 28th
76ers108Final
Bucks81

Bucks 93

(0-1, 0-1 away)

76ers 95

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2002

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 25 22 21 2593
    PHI 31 22 22 2095

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: T. Kukoc 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iverson's 28 points help 76ers improve to 1-1

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson didn't let another poor shooting effort bother him when the game was on the line.

    Allen Iverson
    Iverson

    Iverson had 28 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final minute, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

    "I just shot it with a lot of confidence,'' said Iverson, who was 9-for-25, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range. "I tried to shoot it in rhythm. I felt good shooting it all night, especially the 3s. I thought all of them were going in except the last one. I'm just glad I made that last shot because I struggled.''

    Aaron McKie had 18 points, Keith Van Horn added 16 and Todd MacCulloch had 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Sixers, who are off to a 1-1 start. They opened last season with five straight losses and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after winning the Eastern Conference title in 2000-01.

    Ray Allen scored 28 points for Milwaukee, but missed a long jumper and turned the ball over in the final minute. Toni Kukoc had 18 points and Sam Cassell added 17.

    "I just hate losing,'' Allen said. "We had too many turnovers that gave them too many fastbreak points.''

    Iverson's 18-footer from the left wing gave the Sixers a 91-90 lead with 36.5 seconds left. The three-time NBA scoring champion had missed 13 of his previous 17 shots.

    Allen then missed a long jumper, and Eric Snow stripped the rebound from Michael Redd. Brian Skinner hit two free throws to make it 93-90 with 16.8 second left. Allen then lost the ball while driving to the basket, Van Horn grabbed it and Snow made a free throw for a 94-90 lead.

    Kukoc hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 94-93 with 4.3 seconds left, and Iverson hit a free throw with 2.7 seconds remaining. The Bucks, without a timeout, couldn't even get a desperation shot at the buzzer.

    Milwaukee, which trailed by eight points midway through fourth quarter, took a 90-89 lead when Tim Thomas made one of two free throws with 59.8 seconds left. But Iverson answered with his jumper.

    "There's going to be some ugly wins,'' said Van Horn, who came to Philadelphia with MacCulloch in the offseason trade that sent Dikembe Mutombo to New Jersey. "We have to get some chemistry.''

    Iverson, who missed his last eight shots and shot 7-of-25 in Tuesday night's 95-88 season-opening loss at Orlando, made four of his first seven shots before losing his shot. He had seven assists -- all in the first half.

    The Sixers played without starting forward Derrick Coleman, backup center Samuel Dalembert and key reserves Monty Williams and Greg Buckner. Each of the four players has a knee injury.

    Milwaukee was without starting forward Anthony Mason, out with a hamstring injury.

    "It was a typical Philly-Milwaukee game,'' Bucks coach George Karl said. "Both teams played hard.''

    Philadelphia built a 10-point lead late in the third quarter with eight straight points. Van Horn had two free throws and a 3-pointer during the run, and Snow's layup made it 73-63.

    Michael Redd hit a 3-pointer to end the run, but McKie sank an 18-footer as the Sixers took a 75-68 lead into the final quarter.

    Philadelphia's biggest lead was 24-13 in the first quarter.

    Game notes


    The Sixers are 3-3 in home openers under Larry Brown, and 27-12 overall. ... Brown has 832 victories, tied with Cotton Fitzsimons for eighth on the NBA's all-time coaches list. ... Kukoc, a former Sixer, was loudly booed by the fans at the First Union Center. Kukoc was traded to Atlanta in the deal that brought Dikembe Mutombo to Philadelphia in February, 2001. ... Bucks guard Kevin Ollie, another former Sixer, dislocated his right middle finger in the second quarter, but returned. ... Iverson easily could've had at least 10 assists in the first half, but Van Horn, Snow and Art Long each missed short, open shots off his passes. ... Before the game, Iverson told the crowd, "We know what we have to do to win a championship and you know what you have to do to help us. Now, turn up the volume and make some noise.'' ... Skinner had 13 rebounds in 21 minutes.

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