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Allen Iverson’s Career-High Against Every NBA Team: The Answer Has An Answer Against Every Team's Defense

Allen Iverson’s Career-High Against Every NBA Team: The Answer Has An Answer Against Every Team's Defense

Everyone loves to make Mount Rushmore of the greatest scorers in NBA history. The top features players like Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, and many other candidates. The player that is often overlooked is Allen Iverson. While that is not a dig at his actual size, the smallest No. 1 overall pick in league history, it’s a shame that we often do because he was one of the most lethal scorers on the floor during his heyday.

Iverson had no fear when attacking the rim. It didn’t matter who was there because his only thought was that he was going to score. Iverson took the shots he thought he could make, which were all of them. It happened so often that Iverson scoring 40 points a night felt like a normal part of the Earth spinning.

Here is Allen Iverson’s career-high against every team.

Atlanta Hawks - 53 Points

Date: December 23, 2005

Stats: 53 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

Iverson entered the game with the league-best scoring average at 33.5 points per game. From the field, Iverson shot 17 of 31 and hit 19 of 21 free throws. He gave the 76ers the least with 5:20 left in the game, but the Hawks came out with the victory 111-108. With that said, Iverson set the new record for points at Philips Arena, breaking a seven-year record set by Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Boston Celtics - 47 Points

Date: January 25, 2002

Stats: 47 Points, 4 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

Allen Iverson and Paul Pierce had a duel but it was Iverson that came out on top. Both players played 46 minutes and it was Iverson's 47 points that led the 76ers to a 106-90 win over the Celtics. Pierce finished with 30 points while Iverson shot 16 of 31 from the field, including 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Brooklyn Nets - 43 Points

Date: March 1, 2002

Stats: 43 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block

The 76ers saw Iverson’s best showing against New Jersey despite battling some adversity. Iverson showed up late to a morning shootaround and was demoted to coming off the bench. That didn’t stop Iverson from playing 43 minutes and scoring 43 points. Iverson was also battling a leg injury, a left quadriceps contusion from the game before. Iverson brushed off not starting and made a joke about trying to win Sixth Man of the Year.

Charlotte Hornets - 48 Points

Date: April 6, 2005

Stats: 48 Points, 7 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

The 76ers needed 48 points to fend off the Charlotte Bobcats in a 106-103 win. The team was battling for the final playoff spot and needed every point and every win. Iverson had 30 points in the first half and let a 25-point slip away before holding on. The 76ers would eventually hold onto the berth and make the playoffs with this win helping tremendously.

Chicago Bulls - 46 Points

Date: November 24, 2006

Stats: 46 Points, 5 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block

Iverson shot 50% from the field and made 16 of his 17 attempts at the free-throw line. He finished the game with a double-double with 10 assists. The 76ers led the entire game and came out with a 123-108 victory. Iverson missed two games earlier to get surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth. His 32 points in the second half helped the team pull away.

Cleveland Cavaliers - 54 Points

Date: January 6, 2001

Stats: 54 Points, 3 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block

Iverson led the 76ers to a 107-103 win over the Cavaliers. Iverson shot 20 of 30 from the field, which included four three-point shots, and shot 10 of 13 at the free-throw line. With Aaron McKie’s 20 points, the two Philly players nearly scored 75% of the total points from Cleveland.

Dallas Mavericks - 36 Points

Date: December 5, 1996

Stats: 36 Points, 4 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

Out of all the career highs in scoring, one of the lowest totals for Iverson is when he played against the Mavericks. His best scoring output came during his rookie season, which is shocking when you think about the possibilities of Dirk Nowitzki and Iverson going back and forth. Instead, the best output against Dallas was in the mid-30s.

Denver Nuggets - 38 Points

Date: March 9, 2006

Stats: 38 Points, 6 Rebounds, 6 Assist, 1 Steal, 1 Block

Despite Iverson scoring 38 points, the 76ers lost their third straight game. Iverson had a shot that could have tied the game, blocked by Marcus Camby, who was leading the league in blocks. After a desperation heave was off, it marked another loss. The team was coming off a seven-point blown lead against Boston and a heartbreaking loss to the Pacers the two games before, so this loss left a very sour taste in everyone’s mouth.

Detroit Pistons - 44 Points

Date: January 26, 2001

Stats: 44 Points, 3 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 5 Steals, 0 Blocks

Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse put on a clinic when it came to talented scoring. The 76ers overcame 34 points from Stackhouse to win 105-89. Iverson made 15 of his 16 shots at the free-throw line to help seal the deal.

Golden State Warriors - 46 Points

Date: February 20, 2002

Stats: 46 Points, 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 5 Steals, 0 Blocks

Iverson was scoring over 40 points so much that media members stopped asking him about it after the game. It was more unnatural for Iverson to not score 40 because of its frequency. Iverson scored 46 points for the fifth time and 38th time in his career at the time. The 76ers took advantage of multiple turnovers to win 114-107.

Houston Rockets - 58 Points

Date: January 15, 2002

Stats: 58 Points, 2 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

Those around the league, including head coach Larry Brown, thought Kobe Bryant’s 56 points through three quarters for the Lakers inspired Iverson. Iverson shot 21 of 42 from the field and made all 14 free throws to score 58 points, which was the fourth-highest point total at the time. Iverson refuted that notion saying that the only thing he was inspired by was wanting to win a title like Bryant.

Indiana Pacers - 43 Points

Date: April 15, 2005

Stats: 43 Points, 4 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

Iverson never got tired even when the game seemed like a grind. Iverson scored 16 fourth-quarter points to lead the 76ers to a 90-86 win on the road at Indiana. He played just one day after playing 53 minutes the night before. Iverson told the media that he understood he had to play back to back, which included four games in five days, but the team was fighting for a playoff berth.

Los Angeles Clippers - 42 Points

Date: February 17, 2001

Stats: 42 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4 Steals, 1 Block

The 76ers easily defeated the Clippers on this day by blowing out the team by 15 points. Iverson scored one-third of the team’s 108 points with his 42 points. That included Iverson making 16 of his 31 shots, as well as eight of 12 free throws at the line. This was also one of his better defensive games too with his steals and one block.

Los Angeles Lakers - 51 Points

Date: December 21, 2007

Stats: 51 Points, 2 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

As a fresh member of the Denver Nuggets, Iverson dropped his career-high on the Lakers while wearing a Denver uniform. Iverson scored 49 points through the first three quarters but was held to just two points in the fourth. The Lakers' defense clamped down on Iverson, which helped the Lakers pull through with the 111-107 win. It worked as Iverson took only four shots in the final 12 minutes.

Memphis Grizzlies - 38 Points

Date: February 9, 2005

Stats: 38 Points, 6 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

Kyle Korver had a chance to tie the game but the Grizzlies held on for a 98-95 victory over the 76ers. It spoiled Iverson’s career night against Memphis, but Iverson defended Korver taking the final shot, saying that the team would take that 82 games. Iverson made 11 of 23 shots from the field.

Miami Heat - 45 Points

Date: November 27, 2006

Stats: 45 Points, 1 Rebound, 4 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

From Jason Williams to Alonzo Mourning to Dwyane Wade himself, the Heat threw everyone and the kitchen sink at Iverson in this game. Iverson shot 17 of 37 from the field, but the Heat still came out victorious with a 103-91 win. Wade kept pace with Iverson with 33 points and 13 assists, but you couldn't fault Iverson’s efforts.

Milwaukee Bucks - 54 Points

Date: December 18, 2004

Stats: 54 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

The 76ers were coming off a heartbreaking loss and Iverson responded with 54 points, including scoring his 15,000th career point. The 76ers won their fourth game in five tries with a 116-97 victory. It was the seventh time, at the time, that Iverson scored over 50 points. The Bucks tried multiple defenders, but Iverson was too tough to stop.

Minnesota Timberwolves - 43 Points

Date: March 28, 2000

Stats: 43 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Timberwolves needed everything from Iverson to win this game. The 102-100 victory was as narrow as they come as Iverson led the 76ers to a win. Iverson shot 15 of 28 from the field, which included only two three-point attempts where he made one. He also shot 12 of 14 at the free-throw line.

New Orleans Pelicans - 38 Points

Date: November 18, 2002

Stats: 38 Points, 6 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

Iverson had a career night and it didn’t matter. The 76ers were stunned by a last-second shot by David Wesley to give the New Orleans Hornets the go-ahead win. Jamal Mashburn matched Iverson with 37 points. It was Iverson that missed a jumper from the top of the key in the final minute that could have given Philly a three-point lead with about five seconds to play.

New York Knicks - 47 Points

Date: March 31, 2006

Stats: 47 Points, 6 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

It felt like a must-win situation as the 32-36 76ers were fighting for a playoff spot. The duo of Iverson and Chris Webber played well enough to help the 76ers snap a three-game losing streak with a 117-112 win. The team needed this win to hang onto the grasp of the eighth seed. That included 30 of his points in the second half.

Oklahoma City Thunder - 44 Points

Date: December 28, 2006

Stats: 44 Points, 3 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

With Iverson’s double-double leading the way, the Nuggets prevailed with a 112-98 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Iverson was the lead man as Carmelo Anthony was inactive. It felt like the old days of playing with the 76ers, who had traded him in the middle of this season. It was his best game with the Nuggets since being traded and it also helped George Karl win his 800th career game.

Orlando Magic - 60 Points

Date: February 12, 2005

Stats: 60 Points, 4 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 5 Steals, 1 Block

It was the first 60-point game since Tracy McGrady. Iverson said that the crowd gave him goosebumps for their reception of his efforts. Iverson was leading the league in scoring and he made sure to keep that title in check. Iverson shot 17 of 36 from the field, which included making 24 of 27 free throws.

Philadelphia 76ers - 38 Points

Date: January 6, 2008

Stats: 38 Points, 1 Rebound, 8 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

The split between Iverson and the 76ers wasn’t gracious. It felt tense and you could tell after the first time he played against them. This time around, he wasn’t new to the franchise as an outsider, but he poured in his best total against his former team. The Nuggets came out with the win, but what was more eye-popping was how humbled Iverson sounded and how he showered his former team with praise.

Phoenix Suns - 44 Points

Date: March 17, 2007

Stats: 44 Points, 5 Rebounds, 15 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The way that Iverson was passing the ball, you would have thought that the MVP Steve Nash was on both sides of the floor. Iverson polished off the league’s reigning MVP with a double-double to lead the Nuggets to a 131-107 win over the Suns. With Carmelo Anthony adding 29 points, the Suns didn’t stand a chance.

Portland Trail Blazers - 38 Points

Date: December 16, 2007

Stats: 38 Points, 2 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

Remember Brandon Roy? He spoiled the night of Iverson, nearly hitting 40 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 1160-105. It was the seventh straight win for Portland, but their first since 2003. Denver had won 15 of their last 17 games at home dating back to 2000, but their second-half shooting woes decimated their chance of winning.

Sacramento Kings - 50 Points

Date: February 6, 2000

Stats: 50 Points, 9 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

In a rare moment where Iverson nearly secured a points-rebound double-double, Iverson used 50 points to help the 76ers win 119-108. Iverson shot 20 of 40 from the field to make up for a 1 of 7 shooting from three-point range. He also made 9 of 11 free throws at the line.

San Antonio Spurs - 46 Points

Date: February 12, 1999

Stats: 46 Points, 7 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

One might call this a vintage performance. Iverson was not in the league very long and he took it right at two of the greatest players in the history of the Spurs David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Iverson outscored both of those players in the 98-94 loss. Outside of Iverson, three starters in the Philly rotation combined for 13 points.

Toronto Raptors - 51 Points

Date: January 21, 2001

Stats: 51 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

This was an offensive duel for the ages. “Vinsanity” was at a high point as Vince Carter was seen as a star. Iverson was fighting for the 76ers to lead the conference and playing like an MVP. Iverson scored 51 points to outpace Carter’s 38 points, but it was the Raptors that won the game 110-106. Carter was the only player in the Raptors' starting rotation that had double figures.

Utah Jazz - 51 Points

Date: December 20, 2004

Stats: 51 Points, 1 Rebound, 6 Assists, 7 Steals, 0 Blocks

Iverson’s 51 points are a spectacle but don’t forget about the six assists and seven steals. Iverson made history with this game. He became the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in back-to-back games. It was the first time that a Philly player accomplished this since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. However, the 103-101 loss to the Jazz spoiled the celebration.

Washington Wizards - 47 Points

Date: March 3, 2006

Stats: 47 Points, 2 Rebounds, 12 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

It was Allen Iverson versus Gilbert Arenas, but it was the 76ers that came out on top for the 119-113 win. Iverson secured a double-double and was able to fend off 33 points, 17 of which were in the fourth quarter. Iverson’s layup with 50 seconds left gave Philly a three-point lead and Washington would never get over the hump. 


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