BOSTON, Jan. 25 (Ticker) --
Who holds the record for most points scored at the FleetCenter? "The Answer" is the answer.
scored 47 points to eclipse Antoine Walker's
arena mark and the Philadelphia 76ers continued their mastery of the Boston Celtics with a 106-90 victory.
"We didn't have an answer for Allen Iverson," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "I mean he scored 47 points. All the shots that he makes are tough shots. There's a reason that guy was the MVP. Very, very difficult to guard him when he's hot. Just forget about it."
It was the fifth 40-plus point game of the season for Iverson, who was 16-of-31 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
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Allen Iverson was all fired up, scoring 40 of his 47 points in the first three quarters.
When guys play me one-on-one, I'm able to get by them," Iverson said. "I was able to get by some guys and pull up for short jumpers because they weren't really letting me get all the way into the paint. I had to work on my short game."
Victimizing Kenny Anderson
for most of his points, Iverson had 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting in the first half when Philadelphia built a 63-48 lead. He scored 13 in the third quarter, giving him his 37th career 40-point game.
"He was hitting some big shots and sometimes there's nothing that you can do," Anderson said.
, Erick Strickland
and Milt Palacio
also took turns defending Iverson.
"He's not one of the top five players in the game for nothing," Pierce said.
"He's an MVP. He made shots, big shots and it wasn't like we weren't guarding him," Strickland said.
Walker scored 43 points for the Celtics in an April 5, 1998 game here against New Jersey. Iverson tied Walker's record with a 3-pointer with 11:02 left and broke it with a 17-foot jumper from the right side with 8:26 remaining. His final basket was a jumper from the left corner with 83 seconds remaining, giving the Sixers a 100-90 lead.
The Sixers have won the last eight meetings in the rivalry, including two this season. On Friday, Philadelphia raced to a 12-2 lead, built a 15-point halftime advantage and closed the game with 12 straight points after the Celtics made a fourth-quarter run.
"They took us out of the game early and we were chasing the whole night," O'Brien said.
Boston scored nine consecutive points and pulled within 94-90 on a basket by Anderson with 4:02 left, but failed to score the rest of the way.
"They made a hell of a run," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "They get to 94-90 and they don't score the rest of the game. We made some huge plays."
hit a scoop layup with 3:33 left, Derrick Coleman
converted a pair of free throws and Iverson hit his final basket to virtually close out the Celtics. Snow converted four free throws in the final 1:15.
had 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Sixers (21-21), who moved to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8 on December 2.
Pierce led Boston with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Walker added 18 points, but was just 5-of-18 from the field.
The 76ers have not lost to the Celtics since a 93-77 setback in Boston on March 12, 2000.
, Philadelphia's third-leading scorer, suffered a mild strain of his left Achilles tendon when Strickland dove into his leg while chasing a loose ball with 11:04 left in the second quarter. McKie did not return and was hobbling in the locker room afterwards, but was not using crutches.