Redd rallies Bucks past Sixers in overtime
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Michael Redd forced overtime with a three-
pointer and finished with 30 points, and Andrew Bogut was a force in his first
NBA game with 13 points and nine rebounds, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the
Philadelphia 76ers, 117-108, in the season-opener for both clubs.
Bucks guard T.J. Ford, who missed all of last season with a spinal injury,
nearly had a triple-double, as he finished with 16 points, 14 assists and nine
rebounds. Bobby Simmons poured in 22 points and had 12 rebounds for the Bucks,
who gave head coach Terry Stotts a win in his debut with the team.
Stotts, who was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors last season, took
over for Terry Porter, who was unexpectedly fired on June 22.
Bogut, the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft out of Utah, went 6-of-9
from the floor, and that included a game-sealing three-point play in overtime.
“I had him in most of the fourth quarter and overtime,” Stotts said of Bogut.
“We were effective with him on the court. Right now he doesn’t have to be an
offensive force. We don’t need him to feel like he has to score every time he
touches it. I think he knows that, and like I’ve always said, he’s very mature
with his approach to the game and it was shown tonight.”
Allen Iverson had 35 points and nine assists and Chris Webber added 32 points
and 14 rebounds for the Sixers, who blew a seven-point lead with less than two
minutes left in the fourth quarter and couldn’t post a win for new head coach
“We just cracked. We had the game,” Iverson said. “We’re not supposed to lose
that one. I would rather get blown out then lose that one.”
Cheeks, who was a second-round pick of the Sixers in the 1978 draft and spent
11 seasons playing for Philadelphia, replaced the fired Jim O’Brien in the
offseason. It seemed as if he’d win his debut before a crowd of 17,705 at the
Wachovia Center, but the Bucks finished the game with an incredible 22-6 run.
“That emotion is gone now,” said Cheeks, who helped the Sixers to the 1983 NBA
title. “There aren’t any more emotions now. It was great. I am just trying to
get the game going and get the season going. And this is not the way I want
to get it going.”
An Iverson steal led to one free throw by John Salmons to extend
Philadelphia’s lead to 102-95 with 2:02 left in regulation, but the Bucks
rallied as Redd hit two free throws and Ford put in a basket with less than a
minute remaining. Webber then missed a jumper and Redd canned a three-pointer
with 1.6 seconds left to force overtime. Webber had a chance to give the
Sixers the win at the end of regulation, but he missed a jumper from left of
the foul line to send the contest into the extra session even at 102-102.
“That’s a shot that all NBA players love to have and it went in for me this
time,” Redd said. “Our team did a great job hanging around in that last minute
until we had to make a three that we’d be in the game still.”
A foul-line jumper by Redd gave Milwaukee the lead for good at 106-104.
Bogut’s layup and two free throws from Simmons then made it 110-104 with 1:40
remaining. The 7-foot Bogut then made a layup and converted it into a three-
point play with 49.1 seconds left to extend the Bucks to a 113-104 cushion.
“In an NBA game anything can happen in that last minute, it’s so
crucial,” Bogut said. “You just keep playing hard and good things will happen.
We worked hard at practice it showed tonight.”
Steven Hunter added 11 points and Salmons had 10 for the Sixers, who were
“We just didn’t get it done,” Iverson added. “Out of 82 games it’s unheard of
to think that you can win every game, but that was one that we should of had.
As a team we have to accept that we had a chance to win a basketball game and
we just didn’t get it done. I think that it’s better for us now then later on
because hopefully we can learn from this experience and make sure that it
doesn’t happen again.”
The Sixers didn’t trail the entire first half, going up by as many as nine
points in the opening quarter before settling for a 32-29 advantage after 12
The lead grew again to nine points early in the second quarter at 38-29
following a basket from Salmons. The Bucks got within one at 40-39 on a jumper
from Charlie Bell, but Philadelphia built a 55-50 lead at the intermission
behind 18 points from Webber.
The Bucks were ahead by as many as six points in the third quarter, as Redd’s
basket with 3 1/2 minutes left made it 69-63. However, the Sixers closed the
period ahead 74-73.
As part of the team’s opening night festivities, a number of former 76ers
players, including Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Henry Bibby, Franklin Edwards
and Clint Richardson, along with former Sixers assistant coach Chuck Daly were
on hand to lend support to Cheeks…The Bucks haven’t opened up a season at
home since the 1984-85 campaign. The Bucks had lost their last three season-
opening games, including one in 2002-03 to Philadelphia. However, Milwaukee
has gone 11-4 in its last 15 season starters…The Bucks snapped a five-game
skid against the 76ers…Iverson was 11-of-28 from the field while Webber was
14-of-28…Redd went 12-for-17 from the foul line.