2004: Iverson scores 51 vs the Jazz (becomes 7th player to ever score 50+ in consecutive games)
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Another day, another great Allen Iverson memory courtesy of PennyCCWai.
This memory was a good one for Jazz fans who received in early Christmas present in 2004 after Iverson fouled out with less than 5 seconds left and put Mehmet Okur at the free throw line to make the game-winning free throws. But before fouling out Iverson scored 51 and became just the 7th player to ever score 50+ in consecutive games.
Iverson became only the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in consecutive games, but he fouled out with 4.5 seconds left, putting Mehmet Okur on the line for the winning free throws in Utah’s 103-101 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.
“I had a hot hand and Coach (Jim O’Brien) called my number,” Iverson said. “That’s with anybody, though. If a guy’s going well, you milk it. You just keep running the same play over and over until they stop it.”
Iverson followed up his 54-point game in Milwaukee with 51 this time, becoming the first Sixers player to score 50 in back-to-back games and the first Philadelphia player to accomplish the feat since Wilt Chamberlain for the Warriors in 1962.
The last NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games was Antawn Jamison in December 2000 with the Golden State Warriors. Iverson joined Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Chamberlain, Bernard King, Michael Jordan and Jamison as the only players to accomplish the feat.
Iverson scored 21 in the third quarter to help the Sixers overcome a 16-point halftime deficit, only to watch the comeback fall short from the bench. After Okur hit his foul shots, a running layup attempt by Willie Green clanged off the back of the rim, and the Jazz snapped a seven-game road losing streak and a three-game skid overall.
Okur finished with 20 points and Carlos Boozer led Utah with 28 as four Jazz players finished in double figures.
After blowing their big halftime lead, the Jazz used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter keyed by Boozer and Carlos Arroyo, who finished with 11 assists.
“We started feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit in the second half,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “But fortunately they stuck together and a couple guys made real hard, hustle plays.”
Iverson hit a running layup and Kyle Korver, who had 16 points, drained his fifth 3-pointer to tie it at 101 in the final minute.
Iverson single-handedly turned around a game that, for the first half, was sloppy.
Trailing 57-41 at halftime, the Sixers scored 38 points in the third quarter using runs of 16-6 and 20-10 to erase Utah’s lead in less than 12 minutes.
Iverson scored on a variety of shots, hitting 3-pointers, off-balance drives and a reverse left-handed layup that brought the crowd to its feet. He went 18-for-31 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 11-of-17 from the line. He also had six assists.
“He puts up 50 points two nights in a row and he’s still looking for us,” Korver said. “A lot of guys are capable of putting up 50 points back-to-back nights, but they (think), this is my show. He wasn’t like that. It’s pretty amazing.”
The teams combined for 30 fouls and 27 turnovers in the first 24 minutes, and the game was marred by five technical fouls, including an ugly altercation early in the third quarter.
Philadelphia’s Corliss Williamson was ejected with 6:26 to play in the third after being assessed with a technical foul for grabbing Utah’s Matt Harpring by the nape of his neck after the two were battling for position under the basket.
Williamson held onto Harpring for a few seconds before shoving him into the crowd. It was his second technical foul of the game.