“Point guard” match-ups in the early 2000s didn’t get much better and more exciting than this: The Answer/Allen Iverson vs the Original Beard/Baron Davis aka B-Diddy aka Boom Dizzle.
In Game 1 of the 2003 playoff series between the 76ers and Hornets, Davis struggled, hitting just three of eight shots for 10 points, while Iverson had arguably the best game of his career with a career-high 55 — joining Michael Jordan, Rick Barry, Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players to ever score 55 or more in a playoff game.
The 76ers won 98-90 and the series in six games when AI dropped 45 in Game 6.
Here are some of the best quotes from the GM1 postgame interviews.
“That was his best ever, by far,” Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said.
“The only player I’ve ever seen play like that was Michael Jordan,” Derrick Coleman said.
“It was the single-best performance I’ve ever been a part of,” Philadelphia’s Keith Van Horn said.
“It’s right up there with Mike’s 63,” Hornets coach Paul Silas said.
“I caught a rhythm. The basket looked like an ocean, and I was just throwing rocks in,” Iverson said.
“I didn’t know what it would take for us to win, but I knew it would take a great effort — just playing the game like it was my last,” Iverson said. “That was the only thing I thought about. That’s the only thing I think about before every game.”