The seldom-used Buckner scored a season-high 20 points and
reserve Zendon Hamilton added a season-high 19, leading the 76ers
to a 97-92 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday
"I must be a dummy," Sixers interim coach Chris Ford said when
asked why Buckner hadn't played the previous four games.
Kenny Thomas had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Eric Snow had 17
points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, which overcame a 20-point
deficit to win consecutive games for the first time in two months
despite being without star guard Allen Iverson.
The Sixers are two games behind Cleveland and Boston for the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Only three games
separate sixth-place New York and Philadelphia, which is 11th.
"You don't want to sit on the bench," Buckner said. "It's
tough, but you have to be ready when the coach calls your name."
Michael Redd scored 20 points and Desmond Mason added 18 for the
Bucks, who have lost three straight. Milwaukee is tied with New
Orleans for fourth place in the East.
"It's disappointing," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "When a
team doesn't have all of its players, other guys pick it up."
Iverson didn't play because of a right knee injury that also
will keep him out of Tuesday night's game at Chicago. Glenn
Robinson, Derrick Coleman and Marc Jackson remained out for
Buckner shot 8-for-12, including four 3-pointers.
"If you're not a superstar, you're going to sit," Buckner
said. "I'm just thankful for the opportunity."
The Sixers, who trailed by 20 late in the second quarter, took
their first lead at 78-76 on a three-point play by Hamilton with
Buckner followed with a 3-pointer from the corner, Snow made two
free throws and hit a jumper and Hamilton made a free throw to cap
a 13-0 run that gave Philadelphia an 86-76 lead. The Bucks went
scoreless for 4:33 during that stretch.
A 3-pointer by Redd cut the deficit to 95-92 with 46 seconds
remaining. After John Salmons missed a 3, Redd missed a driving
layup and an ill-advised, wild 3. Hamilton iced it with two free
"I thought the clock was running down so I hoisted it," Redd
said of the 3. "I thought I got fouled, but the referee didn't
The Bucks used a 21-5 run in the first quarter to build a
14-point lead. An 11-2 spurt gave Milwaukee its biggest lead,
53-33, with 3:46 left in the second quarter. Skinner started the
run with a dunk and a short jumper and Kukoc finished it with a
Thomas had his eighth straight double-double. ... Bucks
guard Damon Jones and a fan who was heckling Van Horn went
back-and-forth during the final minutes of the first half. ...
Milwaukee is 2-1 against Philadelphia this season. The last time
the Bucks won three in a row against the Sixers was in 1997. ...
The Bucks are 20-13 against losing teams. ... The Sixers are 7-12
without Iverson this season.