Allen Iverson Moment No. 6: In Crowd, Hand to Ear

Nov. 26, 2004

Allen Iverson during his Sixers tenure was always being accused of rarely hitting a game-winning shot. He hit many clutch shots, but walk-off game winners were not all over his resume.

On Nov. 26, 2004, Iverson made sure fans could no longer debate his ability to win a game at the buzzer.

The score was tied at 114 in overtime at the then-Wachovia Center. The Wizards were inbounding the ball in front of their own bench with 3.3 seconds on the clock. Jarvis Hayes was doing the inbounding, looking for Gilbert Arenas.

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Iverson cut in front of Arenas, stole the ball, and scored the lay-up in front of the Sixers bench with two-tenths of a second left on the clock. That Iverson was quick enough to go that distance in 3.1 seconds was never in question.

No. 3 proceeded to cup his ear, his trademark gesture, and jump into the courtside seats that faced the Sixers bench.

I had done sideline reporting during that game and, normally, we would have talked to Iverson after such heroics. But I was also hosting the postgame show that night, and when the Wizards got the ball with 3.3 seconds left, the game producer said I could head to the studio.

By the time I got upstairs, the game was over, and all I saw on TV was Iverson in the crowd.

A.I. scored a game-high 28 points to go with 13 assists in the two-point OT win. And in a season where he would lead the league with 180 steals, that was the only pass he broke up that night.

I have seen that game-winner many times -- just not in person.

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