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Allen Iverson 30pts vs Penny Hardaway Magic 98/99 NBA *Playoff Debut

The NBA scoring champion took his show into the playoffs Sunday and overcame a bad case of pregame jitters. “You got anything bigger than butterflies?” Allen Iverson asked, searching for the words to describe his anxiety. “I might have had a buzzard in my stomach.” Iverson scored 30 points Sunday in the first NBA playoff game of his career as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 104-90 in the opener of their best-of-5, first-round series. Iverson said he slept poorly and woke up hourly, beginning at 5:30 am, in anticipation of the team’s 9 am breakfast. He’s always nervous before a game, but said realizing a lifelong dream of appearing in the playoffs made Sunday especially gut-wrenching. “I heard he got 15 minutes of sleep last night. That was 15 more than I expected,” Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said, adding that the third-year pro’s debut didn’t surprise him. “I think he handles situations like this pretty well,” the coach added. “The only thing that I worry about is when he takes an individual challenge too much. I think he realizes now that he can just play.” Iverson, who said he actually got a lot more than 15 minutes of sleep, made 12 of 29 shots and finished with seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and six turnovers in 45 minutes. When he wasn’t the answer for the 76ers, Matt Geiger was. The center scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and led an 11-0 run that Philadelphia used to pull away for good. Geiger also had 10 rebounds, helping
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NBA point guard Nolan Smith shows you how to perform his self-titled “N. Smitty-Hezo” drill, which will help you beat defenders and get to the basket.

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