PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Michael Redd hit the game-tying 3-pointer in regulation and scored 30 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-108 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in the season opener.

Redd’s 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left tied the game at 102-all, brought the Bucks back from seven points down with 3 minutes left and helped make Terry Stotts a winner in his Milwaukee coaching debut.

T.J. Ford scored 16 points and had 14 assists in his first game after cervical spine surgery cost him all of last season. Andrew Bogut, the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick who was college player of the year at Utah last season, started for the Bucks and added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Allen Iverson scored 35 points and had nine assists, and Chris Webber added 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Sixers.

The loss spoiled the return of Maurice Cheeks in his Philadelphia coaching debut. One of the most popular players in franchise history, Cheeks has a retired No. 10 jersey and a 1983 championship banner hanging in the rafters.

Now, he has his first loss as coach.

The Bucks totally took over in overtime, scoring all but six points. Redd hit a pair of jumpers and Bogut was a force inside, converting a three-point play for a 113-104 lead.

After not playing a preseason game together because of nagging injuries, Iverson and Webber were more dynamic duo than the pair that struggled for most of the last 21/2 months of last season.

Iverson looked for Webber early and showed – for a game, at least – that maybe the two All-Stars can thrive together this year.

Webber heard boo birds last year because he struggled with his shot, his role and sore knees. Whenever “C-Web!” was announced after all 14 baskets, the crowed erupted in appreciation.

After Toni Kukoc sank a 3-pointer early in the fourth that cut the Sixers’ lead to three, Iverson answered with a 3-pointer, Webber scooped up a loose ball under the basket and dunked and Iverson scored on a fastbreak layup for an 86-77 lead.

The feisty Bucks pulled to 97-95 on Ford’s runner late in the game, but – who else? – Iverson and Webber appeared to clinch the win from the free-throw line. They each sank a pair in the final minutes for a 101-95 lead.

But Redd sank a couple of free throws and Ford scored on a driving layup that pulled the Bucks within three. Then Redd stunned the crowd with the 3-pointer. Webber’s turnaround off Iverson’s inbounds pass fell short.

The Bucks trailed by seven early in the third until a 19-6 spurt gave them their biggest lead of regulation.

Webber posted All-Star numbers in the first half as strong as he did in any of his 21 games last year with the Sixers. He finished the first half with 18 points and 10 rebounds and helped the Sixers take a 55-50 lead.

Notes: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter were at the game. … The Sixers brought back Cheeks’ former teammates Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Clint Richardson and Henry Bibby, and former assistant coach Chuck Daly to support his Sixers homecoming. … Stotts had no concerns about Ford’s health. “There’s no limitations at all,” Stotts said. “I know there’s a lot of concern and interest, but from our perspective, he’s 100 percent been cleared. He’s ready to go and he’s quick as ever.”

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