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Sixers’ Allen Iverson stepped over Tyronn Lue 17 years ago today

Allen Iverson

Time flies so fast – or in this case, steps over everyone with most people seemingly unaware of how long it’s been since Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson did one of the most unforgettable moments in NBA history.

That’s when he stroked a corner baseline jumper right in the face of then Los Angeles Lakers point guard Tyronn Lue during Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals on June 6, 2001 – exactly 17 years to this day.

When Iverson was about to run back on defense, he saw Lue on the floor obstructing his path. Instead of stepping aside Lue, Iverson stepped over him in an absolute display of basketball savagery. What Iverson did at that moment instantly made an indelible mark in the memories of basketball fans, who, to this day, consider Lue’s biggest contribution to the sport as that of him being an ornament to one of Iverson’s greatest moments.

Iverson would finish that game with 48 points to lead the Sixers to a 107-101 upset road win over the Lakers. It would turn out to be the first and only win of Philly in the series, as the Lakers answered The Answer and his team by winning all of the next four games to win the title.

Allen Iverson also talked about that moment with Ball is Life, saying that one of the oddest parts that’s related to that moment with Lue is that as fierce as they were against each other back then, they would eventually become “the best of friends.”