The 2000-01 season was one of the best in history for the Philadelphia 76ers and their All-Star player and superstar Allen Iverson. Thanks to Iverson, that season’s NBA MVP, the Sixers reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1983. During that NBA season, Iverson put on a scoring clinic all season long, with one of his best games of the season, on Jan. 6, 2001.
That night, against the Cavaliers, Iverson dropped 54 points in Cleveland for a 107-104 victory. He had 15 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second quarter, 16 in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter to finish the game with a total of 54. career. The Philadelphia 76ers got their eighth straight road win that Saturday night, spoiling Jim Jackson`s return with a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Iverson, coming off a 41-point performance against Seattle, broke his own Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena) record of 50 points as the Sixers improved the NBA’s best road mark to 15-4.
“I was trying to get him 60,” said teammate Aaron McKie. “It was like he was playing HORSE out there.”
Iverson’s 54 points also was the most in the league that season, surpassing the 53 scored by Phoenix’s Tony Delk.
Sacramento’s Chris Webber scored 51 that season. Iverson made 20 of 30 shots from the floor and a sellout crowd of 20,562 was thrilled by his performance.
Iverson was the key player, who had Sixers on his back that season. He averaged over 31 points a game, he won the MVP award, and he won an NBA finals game almost by himself.