Iverson returns, but Sixers fall flat
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Iverson led Philadelphia with 18 points, but he shot just 6-of-18 from the field and barely played in the fourth quarter.
"I was just rusty, and it wasn't expected," Iverson said. "I really didn't think I was going to play the game that I played. I thought I was going to play a lot better."
This one wasn't even close.
Milwaukee dominated from the opening tip off and never trailed in the game, jumping out to an 11-point advantage midway through the first quarter when Thomas' bucket made it a 15-4 game.
Sixers head coach Randy Ayers is worried about his team's frequent slow starts, and spoke about it after the game.
"Maybe if push comes to shove, you have to shake up the lineup a little bit just to get some energy into the game early," Ayers said. "But it is a concern of ours because it's been too many times now that we've done this."
Philadelphia cut its deficit to five at one point, when
Milwaukee followed that Philly spurt with a 16-5 scoring run, pulling out to a 41-25 lead with eight minutes remaining before the break. The
The Sixers were led by Iverson and
Milwaukee led by as many as 20 points twice in the second half, the last time coming when
"I'm concerned about the way we played tonight," Iverson said. "We couldn't stop anybody. Our chemistry wasn't there on both ends of the floor."