MILWAUKEE – Allen Iverson scored an NBA season-high 45 points, but Michael Redd had 32 for Milwaukee and the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 Wednesday night.

Iverson, who was 13-of-30 from the floor and 17-of-19 from the line, surpassed the 43 points Kobe Bryant had for the Los Angeles Lakers against Chicago three days ago. Gilbert Arenas also had 43 for Washington against San Antonio on Nov. 12.

It was Iverson’s sixth straight game with 30 or more points against Milwaukee, and it came two nights after he sat out the fourth quarter of a victory over New Orleans because of flu-like symptoms.

Iverson averaged 45.2 points – his best mark against any opponent – while leading the Sixers to a four-game sweep of Milwaukee last season.

Joe Smith had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Bobby Simmons scored 15 points and Maurice Williams 14 for Milwaukee.

Chris Webber, Steven Hunter and John Salmons each had 11 points for the Sixers.

After Hunter’s dunk tied it at 88, Redd sparked a 9-0 run with four points to give the Bucks a 97-88 lead with 3:50 left to play.

Iverson stopped the run with two free throws when T.J. Ford fouled him and picked up his sixth foul.

Simmons’ 3-pointer capped a 17-2 run that erased the Sixers’ 10-point cushion and gave the Bucks a 76-71 lead with 2:24 left in the third. The Bucks were 10-of-10 from the free throw line during the surge.

Iverson scored Philadelphia’s final six points of the third to keep it close. His two free throws pulled the Sixers within 80-77 with 30 seconds left in the quarter.

Iverson had 11 points in the first quarter and 15 in the second to help the Sixers take a 60-51 lead at halftime.

Notes: Sixers F James Thomas was assessed a flagrant foul 2 after grabbing Jamaal Magliore on a drive to the basket with 10:53 left in the fourth. Thomas broke Magliore’s fall by hanging on to him. … Ford had three fouls in the first half trying to contain Iverson, then went to the bench early in the third after tripping him for his fourth foul. … Bucks C Andrew Bogut played the second half with a face mask to protect his nose, which the Bucks said was possibly broken.

AP-ES-11-23-05 2258EST


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