76ers 110, Bucks 97


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Willie Green scored 30 points, Andre Iguodala had 26 and Kyle Korver 17 to help Philadelphia beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-97 on Friday night, snapping the 76ers’ four-game losing streak.

Andre Miller had 11 points and 11 assists, and Samuel Dalembert added 16 points as the woeful Sixers surprised the undermanned Bucks with one of their most complete games of the season.

Andrew Bogut had another breakout game with 20 points and 24 rebounds, Charlie Bell scored 26 points, Earl Boykins had 11 points and 11 assists in his Bucks debut, and Milwaukee – missing four starters because of injuries – lost its fifth straight.

The 5-foot-5 Boykins, acquired with Julius Hodge from Denver on Thursday for backup guard Steve Blake, didn’t make much difference after the first half. Boykins scored 10 points in the first half to help the Bucks build a double-digit lead, but it collapsed in the second half once the Sixers showed some surprising spirit without departed All-Stars Allen Iverson and Chris Webber.

The Sixers fell behind by 14 before rallying and taking a 57-56 lead on Iguodala’s driving dunk midway through the third. Green and Korver each hit 3s in a third quarter where Philly was as sharp as its been all season.

The Sixers made 13 of 18 shots (Green was 4-for-4), had a season-high point total for a quarter with 35 and doubled the Bucks on the boards after getting pounded in the first half.

When Alan Henderson sank a couple of free throws with a minute left, the Sixers turned an eight-point halftime deficit into a 10-point lead. It’s the kind of turnaround the Eastern Conference-worst Sixers would love to have in their record.

The Sixers had nearly as many memorable moments in this game as they’ve had all season, keeping a sparse but enthusiastic crowd in their seats until the end.

If they left, they would have missed Miller’s steal the ball in the backcourt, go around his back, then feed a streaking Green for a fastbreak layup and a 93-87 lead. Miller added a swift crosscourt pass to Iguodala, who was fouled as he knocked down a 3. He sank the free throw and the four-point play capped a 15-3 run for a 104-90 lead.

Boykins made an instant impact, dishing off to Bell on the right wing for a 3 to open the game. His first basket was a baseline jumper later in the quarter for a 14-4 lead. He scored on a nifty reverse layup off a steal that even got the Philly fans to cheer.

While Boykins made a splendid first impression, Green simply dazzled in his best game of the season.

Green, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, stole a clip out of Iguodala’s highlight reel when he sped by a defender, took off from past the foul line and threw down a stunning ferocious, one-handed dunk.

Most of the game, “Air Willie,” stayed grounded from beyond the 3-point arc. He sank one at the buzzer that sliced Milwaukee’s halftime lead to 54-46. Green went 13-for-19 overall and made all four 3-pointers.

Notes: Boykins, who arrived in Philly around 5 p.m., already considered the Nuggets old news. “Once I got traded from Denver, they were in the back of my mind,” he said. … The Sixers are 5-8 since trading Iverson. … The Sixers twice scored 35 points in a quarter. … More than a 3-point artist: Korver is holding a contest through Feb. 16th for fans to design a logo for his charitable foundation. More information is available at www.kylekorver.com.

AP-ES-01-12-07 2134EST