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NBA Greatest Game: Allen Iverson 48pts vs the Lakers in 2001 NBA Finals Game 1

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Published on Jun 13, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers were heavily favored going into the 2001 NBA Finals, a team that featured a young Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.

Allen Iverson made it a point to get the 76ers off to a good start.

He scored 48 points, with six assists and five steals, in leading the 76ers over the Lakers, 107-101, in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.

The Lakers went on to win four straight and win the championship, but Iverson's performance will go down in NBA folklore.

History books can lie. There are always less than desirable facts about the history of our country that historians and politicians alike remember, but would rather much not have them live on more than in the memories of those who lived through them. This applies in sports also, enter Allen Iverson. Approximately ten years ago today, Allen Iverson was on top of the sports world. The tatted up, baggy clothed wearing, quick as a hiccup problem child was the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player. After leading the league in scoring and his team to the NBA Finals which boasted the NBA's 6th man (Aaron McKie), Defensive Player of the Year (Dikembe Mutombo), and Coach of the year, (Larry Brown), Iverson was the people's champion.

With a team this strong, he was going up against a dominant Lakers squad led by the legendary duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal; who had just reeled off 11 straight wins in the playoffs and 19 straight wins overall. The odds weren't exactly stacked against him, but the most diminutive and dominating NBA player in history went on to put on the most incredible Game 1 performance in history.

For as dominating as Iverson was, he was given an unceremonious exit from the NBA. At the still effective age of 35, he should be ring chasing with a top contender right now. But after Iverson's unwillingness to come off the bench until it was too late, the aging superstar had run out of believers. Due to his unwillingness to conform in the way he played, dressed, or acted; Iverson might be erased from the annals of history and he might not ever be given his proper place in history. However, we can remember this day in time where Jewelz from Bad News scored a huge right hook over this decade's greatest dynasty.

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