Iverson proves worthy of MVP award
May 16, 2001 - Before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented Allen Iverson with the Most Valuable Player trophy. Iverson then showed why he won it.
Setting a 76ers playoff record with eight three-pointers, Iverson scored 52 points in a 121-88 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the First Union Center that gave the Sixers a 3-2 lead in the series. Shooting mostly jumpers, he hit 21-of-32 field-goal attempts and took only two foul shots.
"People say I have a flaw in my game; I'm not able to make the outside shot," he said. "My whole thing is to punish people when they back up off me."
With his performance in Game 5, Iverson, who had scored 54 points in a Game 2 victory over Toronto, joined Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to score 50 or more points twice in a playoff series. Jordan had two 50-point games against Cleveland in 1988.
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