76ers 90, Bucks 78
76ers 90, Bucks 78
Mar. 27, 2001
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Allen Iverson scored 36 points in his first game back to help the 76ers end a five-game losing streak with a 90-78 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Iverson showed no sign of the severe left hip bruise that caused him to miss five of the last six games. He scored on his first shot, scored 13 of the team's 19 points in the first quarter and played a total of 42 minutes.
Dikembe Mutombo had 17 rebounds and 12 points, and Aaron McKie scored 20 points _ though Iverson still scored more than the rest of the 76ers' starting line combined (31 points).
The loss snapped Milwaukee's five-game win streak.
Sam Cassell led the Bucks with 20 points before going out with a bruised left knee at the end of the third period. Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson scored 18 points each.
The 76ers started slow, going 1-for-16 over the first 6:16 and missing 13 straight field goals in the first quarter.
The 76ers took their first lead of the game with 1:03 left in the second period, then never trailed again. Milwaukee led by as many as nine in the first quarter, but gave up 25 turnovers for 25 points. Philadelphia had 14 turnovers for six points.
Philadelphia went on a 15-8 run midway through the third and took its biggest lead to that point, 62-50, with a slam by Mutombo at 6:27.
Iverson flourished in his return. After a turnover by rookie Rafer Alston, Iverson drove alone to the basket _ smiling at the Bucks bench as he gave the 76ers their biggest lead of the game, 75-59, to end the third period.
Iverson leads the NBA in scoring (31.1 ppg), in steals (2.47 per game) and in minutes (42.2 per game). In his absence, the 76ers dropped five straight _ their longest losing streak since March 27, 1998. The 76ers are 12-14 when Iverson's out.
Notes: The Bucks and 76ers are the only two teams to have already clinched playoff berths. ... This is Allen's 354th straight start, the most of any active player. He has never missed a game since joining the NBA. ... The Bucks are one of only three teams who average 100.8 points.