PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson nailed a 3-pointer to surpass 50 points, grinned like it was too easy and danced his way down the court.
The entire game was a celebration for the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
Iverson scored 52 points on stellar outside shooting and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 121-88 Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Wednesday, May 16
Philadelphia 121, Toronto 88, Philadelphia leads series 3-2
Thursday, May 17
Milwaukee at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 18
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Toronto.
"People say I have a flaw in my game -- I'm not able to make the outside shot," Iverson said. "My whole thing is to punish people when they back up off me."
Iverson sprained his left thumb during the game, but X-rays were negative. He is expected to play Friday.
Vince Carter scored 16 points and Antonio Davis added 14 for the Raptors, who trail for the first time in the series.
Carter left early in the fourth quarter when he was hit in the head by 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo, but said he has just a "major headache." Mutombo broke his left pinkie and is listed as day-to-day.
"He showed why he is MVP," Carter said of Iverson. "He is really showing that he is a class act."
Aaron McKie had 19 points and nine assists for Philadelphia, and Mutombo added 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Sixers' party started when NBA commissioner David Stern presented Iverson with the MVP trophy before the game as a sellout crowd of 20,939 at the First Union Center went wild.
Philadelphia scored the first 11 points, led 17-4 midway through the first and 33-12 after one quarter.
Toronto never got closer than 17 in the last three quarters. The Raptors shot 53 percent in the first half, but trailed 62-40.
"The crowd played a big part in that," Iverson said of the fast start. "There was a lot of noise when they had the ball. It's tough to score in a hostile environment."
Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said his team didn't show up.
"We were awful," Wilkens said.
Iverson, who scored a career-high 54 points in Game 2 of the series, displayed every weapon in his arsenal, especially his 3-point shooting. He finished 21-of-32, including 8-of-14 from beyond the arc.Only Michael Jordan scored more than 50 points twice in one playoff series.
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