2007: Nuggets' Allen Iverson drops 51 points (49 in 3 quarters) on Kobe & the Lakers

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 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 fourth quarter as he outscored Iverson 12-2 in the final session and led the Lakers to a 114-107 victory.


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


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

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