Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 6-May 20
Winner: 76ers, 4-3
This is what happens when two one-man gangs collide. Allen Iverson and Vince Carter were at the height of their powers and spent the entire series trying to top each other. Toronto stole the opener in Philly; Iverson answered with 54 in a Game 2 Philly win. Carter led the Raptors with 50 of his own in a Game 3 blowout, then the Sixers strung together victories in Games 4 and 5, with Iverson outscoring Carter 82-41.
Toronto would force a seventh game in Philly, where in one of the more questionable moves in playoff history, Carter decided to attend his graduation ceremony in North Carolina that same morning. As fate would have it, Vince missed a potential buzzer beater and Iverson won both the battle (232 points to 216) and the war.