I don't think we'll ever see another series-long duel like we did between Allen Iverson and Vince Carter in 2001. Just look at the numbers.
Allen Iverson scored 54 points in Game 2.
Vince Carter responded with 50 in Game 3.
Iverson came back with 52 in Game 5.
Look at that for a second. These two were trading 50-point games like boxers throwing haymakers. It's incredible now, but remember, back in 2001, the league hadn't yet changed the rules regarding hand checks, making it even harder for perimeter players to score.
So why isn't this series No. 1 on the list? Because Vince Carter did Vince Carter things at the end of the series rather than respond with another gem. He flew to North Carolina for his college graduation on the day of Game 7 and then flew back to Philly in time for the tip, once again putting himself in front of his team.
So how did Game 7 and the series end? On a missed buzzer-beater by Carter. It literally could not have been scripted any better.
It's been over a decade, and I still think about this series constantly. I've never seen two stars just go at it like this over the course of an entire series. We'll never see this again.