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Skinner scores season-high 20 points in Philly rout

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brian Skinner grabbed the spotlight from his
more heralded teammates.

Skinner had a season-high 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds,
leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-81 rout of the Milwaukee
Bucks on Tuesday night.

"He was phenomenal," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said.
"I've had his minutes pretty spotty lately and I'm going to try to
get him more consistent playing time ... and he's playing on a bad
ankle."

It hardly showed, as Skinner dominated inside. He scored eight
points in the first 7:33 on the way to a season high, surpassing
the 17 points he scored Jan. 2, also against Milwaukee. Skinner was
9-of-11 from the field.

Keith Van Horn led the 76ers with 24 points and Allen Iverson
had 20. Philadelphia never trailed.

Iverson heaped praise on Skinner.

"He did a great job," Iverson said. "He gave us the energy we
needed as far as rebounding and getting the loose balls. He scored
for us and it was one of his best efforts of the year."

Skinner said, "They gave me the ball in the post, that was the
main thing. I've been working on that, trying to focus on it
instead of just getting second-chance points."

The 76ers had a whopping 52-23 edge in rebounds as Milwaukee
tied its franchise low for rebounds.

"They just dominated us on the boards," Michael Redd said.
"It was a poor night of rebounding by us."

The 76ers, who lost their last three at home, won their fourth
straight on the road and handed the Bucks only their second loss in
10 games.

Ray Allen scored 18 points, Tim Thomas 14 and Redd 12 for the
Bucks.

In going 8-1 in their previous nine games, the Bucks held all
their opponents under 100 points. But they allowed a season-high 34
points in the first quarter and scored a season low 16.

The 76ers held Milwaukee to one field goal while building a 19-3
lead midway through the first. They scored the final nine points of
the second quarter to lead 61-34 at halftime.

The Bucks closed to 17 in the third quarter, but five straight
points by Skinner made it 77-55. It was 84-63 after three quarters,
and the 76ers opened the fourth with a 7-0 run, starting with a
three-point play by Skinner.

Milwaukee, which made 13 3-pointers in Monday night's 108-93 win
at New Orleans, was 1-of-10 in the first half and 6-of-23 overall
from behind the arc.

"Philly was on a mission and we didn't respond," Redd said.
"You've got to bring it every night, and we should come out every
game like Philly did tonight."

Game notes
Allen's three-year run on the All-Star team ended when no
Bucks were selected Tuesday. ... Iverson didn't accompany the team
on its flight Monday due to the illness of his mother. He arrived
Tuesday. ... The Bucks, who started an eight-game homestand,
finished 6-0 on the road in January, the first time since December
1981 they were undefeated in a calendar month. ... The season
series ended tied at 2.

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