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Karl lobbies for trade, or 'fire me'

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers resorted to the tactics
that were successful against the Milwaukee Bucks in last year's
playoffs. They achieved the same results.

Allen Iverson scored 25 points, and Derrick Coleman added 19 as
the 76ers rallied late to defeat the Bucks 86-81 Saturday in a
rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals.

"As the game transpired, it slowly moved into their kind of
game," Bucks coach George Karl said. "By the fourth quarter, it
was totally theirs. They're a great defensive team that holds and
grabs, bumps and grinds. Our offense was stubborn and selfish. It
was a hell of a game. It had playoff mentality to it."

In the past, such negative comments from Karl about his team
were directed at the so-called "Big Three" of Ray Allen, Glenn
Robinson and Sam Cassell.

"I'm tired of talking about it. We've been talking about the
same thing for 3½ years," Karl said. "We'll keep showing them
film, we'll keep showing them opportunities. But if they were to
continue to refuse to change, there's probably going to have to be
a change.

"That means trading one of them or firing me. I think it's come
to that, to be honest with you."

Anthony Mason's rebound basket put Milwaukee on top 76-71 with
5:43 remaining, but the Sixers responded with seven consecutive
points. Two free throws by Coleman gave Philadelphia a 78-76 lead
with 1:57 left.

Allen's jumper from the left baseline tied it at 78, but Eric
Snow countered with a turnaround jumper from the free-throw line to
make it 80-78 with 1:23 remaining.

Iverson's basket from the top of the key made it 82-78, before
Michael Redd's 3-pointer from the top right cut it to 82-81 in the
final 10 seconds.

Snow made two free throws to put the Sixers up 84-81.

After a timeout, Allen inbounded from the left side, but Redd's
3-point attempt hit the front of the rim.

Matt Harpring hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to seal
the win for the Sixers, who also won last year's conference finals
in seven games over Milwaukee.

"I thought our defense was really a big factor because they can
score," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Ray got off early, but I
thought we did a much better job on him and Glenn.

"We just played real solid. This is the way we used to play
games and win games."

Allen had 20 points, and Robinson added 13 for the Bucks, which
lost for the fourth time in five home games.

The Sixers shot just 37.5 percent, but made 22 of 26 free
throws. Milwaukee was 7 of 10 from the line.

Iverson, listed as probable before the game with flu-like
symptoms, played 47 minutes, but made just 9 of 30 shots.

The Sixers, who trailed 14-2 in the opening minutes, used a 9-0
run to take the lead for the first time at 41-40 with 2:06 left in
the first half.

"I feel good about this game, better than any game we played
this season," Iverson said. "Because we could have thrown in the
towel when they were up 14-2. We just kept fighting. That's the
attitude of the team we had last year."

Milwaukee, which led 44-43 at the half, was ahead throughout the
third quarter, taking its biggest lead of the period at 65-55 on a
three-point play by Allen.

Two free throws by Dikembe Mutombo pulled the Sixers within
65-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Game notes
Bucks guard Rafer Alston did not play because of a lower
back strain. ... Bucks forward Tim Thomas left with a sprained left
ankle with 11:12 left in the fourth quarter and did not return. The
severity of the injury was not known. ... Philadelphia has won 5 of
6 at the Bradley Center. ... Karl failed to earn his 150th victory
with the Bucks. ... Robinson played 38 minutes, giving him 19,988
for his career and moving him into third on the Bucks' career list
ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 19,954.