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NBA Flashback: Allen Iverson sets Philips Arena scoring record

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Allen Iverson retired from the NBA on Wednesday as one of the league's all-time greats. He left a lasting impression on the Atlanta Hawks in December of 2005 when he set the Philips Arena scoring record with 53 points.

Drew Hallowell

Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA on Wednesday bringing his 14-year career to a close. Pound for pound, he was one of the most explosive and entertaining scorers ever. He left his mark on the Atlanta Hawks back in December of 2005 when he set the Philips Arena scoring record with 53 points in a 111-108 loss.

Iverson connected on 17-of-31 shots and was a ridiculous 19-of-21 from the free throw line. He also found time to dish out five assists as he very nearly carried the Sixers to a win. Interestingly enough current Hawks Kyle Korver and Lou Williams played in this game for the Sixers.

Atlanta's starting lineup on this night featured Royal Ivey and Joe Johnson in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Harrington at the forwards with Zaza Pachulia at the center spot. Johnson nearly recorded a triple-double with 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Pachulia and Harrington finished with 23 and 22 points respectively.

Here is a look at the box score from that night courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com

Sixers

Hawks

Here are some highlights from that game:

For his career, Iverson averaged 28.9 points against the Hawks in 38 career games.