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Williams hits deciding bucket as Sixers nip Bucks

Jan 15, 2011 - 4:46 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Lou Williams scored 25 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 43.8 seconds remaining, as the Philadelphia 76ers snuck past the Milwaukee Bucks, 95-94, at Wells Fargo Center.

Andre Iguodala poured in 15 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in his second game back after missing seven contests with an injured right Achilles.

"Yes. In the Indiana game he was not himself," Sixers head coach Doug Collins said of Iguodala. "As I said to you before, he had to get out there and play sometime. Had we held him out that night, tonight might have been the night he had that kind of game. You have got to get back out."

Elton Brand also had 15 points for the Sixers, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Jrue Holiday tallied 10 points and five boards.

Corey Maggette finished with 16 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Bucks, who have lost two in a row. Ersan Ilyasova chipped in with 14 points.

Drew Gooden, Keyon Dooling and John Salmons each added 12 points in defeat, while Andrew Bogut pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds.

A tight fourth quarter led to a 92-92 tie with 2:29 to play. Maggette's running jumper put the Bucks ahead by two.

Maggette then blocked Iguodala's jumper at the other end. Earl Boykins and Gooden each missed three-pointers before Milwaukee was called for a shot clock violation.

Philadelphia got the ball back with 57.9 ticks to go. Williams drilled a shot from beyond the arc to give the Sixers a 95-94 edge with 43.8 seconds remaining.

The 76ers had a chance to add to their margin after Salmons missed a jumper. Williams, though, turned the ball over, and the Bucks took a timeout with 11.1 ticks left on the clock.

Maggette's jumper from in close was blocked by Iguodala. Maggette got his own rebound and dished to the corner for Boykins, whose three-pointer was off the mark as time expired.

"We were just trying to get [Maggette] to drive to the right," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "You know they had a foul to give. We thought maybe they'd take the foul early, and we had a back-up plan to take it to the side. Unfortunately, we just got a loose ball, picked it up, and we still got a wide open, good three-point shot at the buzzer. Just couldn't get it."

The Sixers only held a 55-49 lead at the break after shooting 62.5 percent from the field over the first 24 minutes.

Philadelphia led by as many as 11 in the third stanza, but Milwaukee scored the final six points of the period to get within five, 77-72.

Game Notes

Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee, 90-79, back on November 19 this season at Wells Fargo Center and has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the teams. The 76ers have won seven of nine as the host in this series...The Bucks fell to 6-14 on the road this year...Philly shot 57.1 percent from the field, while Milwaukee made 47.5 percent of its shots...The Sixers won for the first time this season in a game decided by four points or less...Philly is 4-1 when Williams scores 20-or-more points.