Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Iverson scores 54 on the way to 15,000

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored a season-high 54 points,
four shy of his career best, to lead Philadelphia to a 116-97 victory over
Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

Iverson shot 17-of-29 overall and 4-of-7 from three-point territory, scoring
33 of his 54 in the first half alone. He also reached 15,000 career points
with a jumper midway through the second quarter.

“All that I do is play every game like it’s my last,” Iverson said afterwards.
“If I go 0-for-30 or I go 30-for-30, I play the same way. I’m able to look
myself in the mirror after the game is over and feel like I did everything
that I can.”

Andre Iguodala added 18 points in the win and Corliss Williamson scored 15 for
the Sixers, who have won four of their last five games.

Michael Redd scored 29 points to lead the Bucks, who have dropped four
straight. Desmond Mason added 14 points in the loss.

Iverson was 12-of-17 from the floor in the first half, including 3-of-4 from
three-point territory.

Two of those three-pointers came on consecutive trips down the court late in
the first quarter. Those six points sparked a 10-4 period-ending run that gave
the Sixers a 29-17 lead.

Milwaukee climbed within 37-33 midway through the second quarter, but
Philadelphia used a 12-0 run to take control of the game. Iverson scored 10
points during the burst, and capped it with two free throws to make it 49-33
inside the 3:00 mark.

The Sixers then carried a 53-39 lead into halftime, and never trailed after
that. Milwaukee did pull within 64-63 inside the 5:00 mark of the third
quarter, but Philadelphia responded with nine straight points to make it a
double-digit game again.

“Our guys played like it was 0-0 at halftime,” Sixers head coach Jim O’Brien
said. “We increased the lead like we did in the first half, we played good
defense and had good shot selection.”

Iverson, whose scored a career-high 58 points against Houston on January 15,
2002, left the game with 2:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. He now has
seven 50-point games in the regular season and two in the playoffs.