2007: Nuggets’ Allen Iverson drops 51 points (49 in 3 quarters) on Kobe & the Lakers
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Allen Iverson, the Nuggets’ All-Star, isn’t as celebrated and remembered as AI, the Philly legend, but the Bubba Chuck in Denver was still putting up numbers and doing a lot of damage to defenders during those mostly forgotten years.
On December 5th of 2007, Iverson dropped 51 points along with 8 assists on longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant and his (and now, only his) Lakers. 49 of those 51 came in the first three quarters as Iverson knocked down 17-of-23 shots.
“I just felt like everything was going to go in,” Iverson said after the game. “I kept attacking. It seemed like every move that I made threw the defender off. After you hit a couple jump shots, the defender has to play the jumper. I’d get his feet set and was able to drive by and make something happen.”
As expected, it was all Kobe Bryant in the 4th quarter as he outscored Iverson 12-2 in the final session and led the Lakers to a 114-107 victory.
NUGGETS RECORD: MOST POINTS IN A GAME
73: David Thompson, at Det., 1978
54: Michael Adams, vs. Milw., 1991
54: Alex English, vs. Hou., 1985
51: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, at Utah, 1995
51: Alex English, at Miami, 1989
51: Allen Iverson, vs. Lakers, 2007
51: K. Vandeweghe, vs. Det., 1983
IVERSON’S HIGHEST-SCORING GAMES
60: vs. Orlando, 2005
58: vs. Houston, 2002
54: at Milwaukee, 2004
54: at Cleveland, 2001
53: at Atlanta, 2005
51: vs. Toronto, 2001
51: vs. Utah, 2004
51: vs. L.A. Lakers, Wednesday
Source: Denver Post