Allen Iverson scored 52 against the Raptors in a playoff game on this date in 2001

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Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-88 home victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. The victory gave them a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

He finished with 52 points, seven assists and four steals. He was very efficient, going 21-32 on field goal attempts, including 8-14 on 3-pointers. He helped them take a 33-12 lead after the first quarter and the Sixers never looked back.

Vince Carter responded by scoring 39 points in Game 6 and the Raptors forced a Game 7. In Game 7, the Sixers bounced back, winning 88-87.

In the NBA Finals, Iverson was once again outstanding but Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Los Angeles Lakers to their second consecutive title.

Iverson averaged 32.9 points, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game in 22 postseason games in 2001.

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I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, rooting for the Rangers, Yankees, Giants, and Knicks. When my dream of playing shortstop for the Yankees fell short, I started writing about sports instead. I’m a proud graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.