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Sixers put seven in double figures, dominate Bucks

Jan 31, 2008 - 5:32 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Clicking on all cylinders, the Philadelphia 76ers delivered a near-historical drubbing.

Andre Iguodala led seven players in double figures with 18 points as the Sixers pounded the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-69, on Wednesday.

Andre Miller added 14 points and seven assists and rookie Thaddeus Young came off the bench to chip in 14 points for Philadelphia, which shot 54 percent (44-of-81) from the floor, forced 19 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 45-33.

A late scoring burst kept the Bucks from setting franchise records for fewest points in a game and largest margin of defeat.

But their 69 points ended in a tie for the fourth-lowest total in franchise history, and the 43-point margin tied for their third-worst defeat ever.

"One of the things on the board was to keep them out of the paint," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They hit easy buckets in transition and they cleaned our clock with rebounding. Those things add up to quick points in the paint."

The Sixers came out on fire, dominating on both ends of the floor from the outset. Iguodala had 12 points in the opening half, and Miller and Samuel Dalembert chipped in 10 apiece before the break while Philadelphia forced nine turnovers.

"We just tried to push the tempo," Iguodala said. "We got a chance to get a good look before they set up and we were able to get them out of whack."

Milwaukee, which was playing without leading scorer Michael Redd, failed to get anything going offensively and was tentative in attacking the basket, managing just two free-throw attempts in the opening 24 minutes.

"There wasn't much fuel in the tank," Krystkowiak said. "Having played seven games in 10 nights, there wasn't much we could call upon."

"We wanted to come out and apply a lot of pressure," Sixers guard Willie Green said. "We came out and played real good defensively and we got out and ran. It was one of those games where everybody played well."

With the Sixers up 38-24 with 7:11 remaining in the second quarter, they broke the game open with an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 49-24. Iguodala scored four points and capped the spurt with a jumper.

The closest the Bucks got after the break was 66-45 on a 3-pointer by rookie Yi Jianlian with 4:41 to play in the third. But a 9-0 run pushed the advantage to 75-45 with 1:42 to go in the quarter.

"We just kept playing," Iguodala said. "We've had a tendency to let leads go. We just kept playing hard. We weren't disrespectful about it. We just kept running our sets. We just played good hard basketball."

Philadelphia grabbed its largest lead of the contest with 4:56 to play when Young capped a 22-3 run with a layup that made the lead 99-52.

Reggie Evans finished with 13 points and nine rebounds and Rodney Carney added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting for the Sixers, who went to the foul line 36 times and registered assists on 29 of their 44 field goals.

"It's always good when everybody is chipping in," Iguodala said. "Everybody had a chance to put some shots up and put the ball in the hole."

Royal Ivey scored 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting to lead Milwaukee, which has lost two in a row and nine of 12.

"We didn't come ready to play, and I am embarrassed," Ivey said. "I don't want to even show my face. They're not 40 points better than us."

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