PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Brown has coached Allen Iverson in all but one of the superstar's six NBA seasons, and says he's never seen him play better.
Iverson had 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers avenged an earlier loss to New Orleans with a 108-87 victory Monday night that extended their home record to 8-0.
''The thing that is exciting me is he's trying to do the right thing every time down,'' Brown said. ''His all-around game is as good as anytime I've been around him.''
Iverson played one of his best games, making 7-of-9 free throws and dishing out four assists. Several other spectacular passes went unconverted by his teammates.
Suns 86, Bucks 81
PHOENIX -- Rookie Amare Stoudemire had his first NBA double-double with season-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns beat the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 86-81 on Monday night.
Shawn Marion had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Suns, who beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 15th consecutive time.
Milwaukee has lost 21 of 23 overall to the Suns.
The Bucks were without the injured Ray Allen and Anthony Mason. Allen was placed on the injured list Monday after spraining his right ankle landing on Shaquille O'Neal's foot in Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
Mason was sidelined with a left hamstring strain. A third starter, Tim Thomas, didn't play in the second half because of a sore back.
Sam Cassell scored 22 for the Bucks. Michael Redd, starting in place of Allen, added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The Suns took a 70-62 lead on Marion's 3-pointer with 6:50 to play.
Stoudemire, a first-round draft pick out of high school who turned 20 Nov. 16, shot just 4-for-13 but was a force inside throughout. He grabbed his own miss, scored and was fouled for a three-point play that put Phoenix up 73-64 with 5:38 left. He also had a spectacular block of Marcus Haislip's dunk attempt in the final minute.
Redd's 3-pointer cut the lead to 80-75 with 2 minutes remaining. Kevin Ollie's drive to the basket wasn't even close under Stoudemire's defense, and Marion's breakaway layup made it 82-75 with 1:22 to play.
Penny Hardaway, who scored seven of his nine points in the last 4:11, sealed it with an 18-footer that gave Phoenix an 84-77 lead with 55.5 seconds to play.
Neither team led by more than seven in the first half, which ended in a 47-47 tie.
Casey Jacobsen's baseline drive put Phoenix up 32-25 with 9:55 left in the half, but the Bucks used a 16-6 run to go up 41-38 on Ervin Johnson's tip-in 3:50 before halftime.
Stoudamire, in his second NBA start for injured Tom Gugliotta, had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half.
The Suns outscored the Bucks 14-10 in a cold-shooting third quarter to lead 61-57 going into the fourth. Phoenix was 7-for-22 and Milwaukee 5-for-20 in the third quarter.
Phoenix dominated the boards 54-41. The Suns' Stephon Marbury had 11 points and 12 assists.
Notes: Phoenix is 5-1 at home. ... The Bucks finished their three-game road trip to the West 1-2. ... Milwaukee is 0-10 at America West Arena. ... Allen can come off the injured list at any time because he wasn't replaced on the active roster. ... Stoudemire's previous highs were 12 points and eight rebounds. ... Phoenix shot 38 percent, Milwaukee 39 percent.
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