PHILADELPHIA -- It took a miraculous shot from forward Spencer Hawes to get the PHILADELPHIA 76ers to overtime Friday night. It took some stellar play from forward Evan Turner in the extra period to give the 76ers a victory.
Hawes added 25 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (6-8), who erased a 10-point deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation. Hawes' 3-pointer from the left corner with 1.7 seconds left -- a shot he made while jumping off one foot with Milwaukee's Gary Neal draped all over him -- forced the extra period.
"I'm glad the basketball gods looked out for us," Turner said.
"We were very lucky," coach Brett Brown said. "Spencer got us to where we needed to go, and Evan took us home."
Forward Caron Butler scored a season-high 38 points for Milwaukee, 16 of them in the last seven minutes of regulation. His 3-pointer with 2:08 left gave the Bucks a 98-88 lead, but the Sixers reeled off the next nine points as Hawes sandwiched two 3-pointers around one by James Anderson.
Milwaukee nonetheless held a 102-99 lead when guard Luke Ridnour made the second of two free throws with 3.9 seconds to play. Hawes then took an inbounds pass from Turner, wheeled on Neal and tossed in his tying 3-pointer.
Hawes, who began the night shooting 48.9 percent from 3-point range and was 3-for-6 from the arc in the game, said he couldn't quite believe it when Brown drew the play up for him in the huddle. The last time that happened, he said, was when coach Lorenzo Romar did so, during Hawes' lone year at the University of Washington (2006-07).
"I thought he screwed something up: 'Wrong guy, Coach. But I like where your head's at,'" Hawes said.
He made the shot on that occasion, against USC. And he delivered again Friday -- though not in conventional fashion.
"I didn't intend on shooting it off one foot," he said. "That was not how I saw it going in my mind."
"It shouldn't have come to that," Butler said. "We had a lot of chances. All we needed was stops and rebounds."
"My teammates just pretty much told me to lead us," Turner said, "and that's what I tried to do."
Rookie guard-forward Hollis Thompson added a season-high 16 points for PHILADELPHIA, which was without forward Thaddeus Young (personal reasons) and lost backup guard Tony Wroten with a strained lower back in the second half.
"I thought the game was kind of in our control, but we haven't developed a winning brand of basketball yet," Butler said. "With that being said, you tip your hat to PHILADELPHIA."
The 76ers' bench sparked a 22-9 run spanning the first and second quarters, allowing PHILADELPHIA to extend a 17-15 lead to 39-24. Reserve swingman Hollis Thompson had eight points in that spree, including an alley-oop dunk to start the second quarter off a pass from guard Tony Wroten. Another sub, forward Lavoy Allen, contributed four points.
NOTES: 76ers coach Brett Brown said he doesn't expect G Tony Wroten to be available for Saturday night's game in Indiana. ... There is no timetable for the return of 76ers F Thaddeus Young, who missed his second straight game for personal reasons. "We're going to allow him his space," coach Brett Brown said, "and let him handle the situation as he feels it best suits him and his family." ... Brown said before the game that the 76ers' problems defending 3-pointers this season stem only in part from an emphasis on clogging the lane. "You can count almost 15 points (a game) on mistakes -- just stone cold mistakes, that have nothing to do with defensive strategy or a no-paint philosophy," he said. "We've got to do a better job of guarding our man. As simple as that sounds, a large part of our problem is that." ... Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova made his first start since Nov. 2, after coming off the bench in Wednesday's loss to Portland and missing the previous six games with a sore right ankle. "He's moving around pretty well," coach Larry Drew said. "We've just got to get him into a rhythm."