2001: Allen Iverson Drops 54 vs Vince Carter & the Raptors in GM2
Allen Iverson had 36 points in GM1 vs the Raptors in the 2001 playoffs but shot only 11 of 34 in the loss. He bounced back in GM2 with 54 points as the 76ers evened the series, which would become one of the most exciting in playoff history.
Iverson scored 20 of his 54 in the 2nd quarter, then went off in the 4th, scoring 19 of the 76ers final 20 points.
“I always feel the only person who can stop me is myself,” Iverson said. “The only thing I care about is getting a win. If I shoot terrible, and we win, that’s all that matters.”
“They’ve been pumping him up as the next superstar in the league, like he’s the next guy to carry the torch,” Teammate Aaron McKie said of Iverson. “Well, he’s getting it and running with it.”
The other next superstar in the league, Vince Carter, scored a team-high 28 points but would do his best Iverson impersonation in the following game by scoring 50 as Iverson struggled with just 23 points.