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Allen Iverson Blames Booze for H.O.R.S.E. Loss to Nelly

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 20:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers smiles on the court during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 20, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Blazers won 98-90.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Thomas DuffyFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2016

Allen Iverson does not forget.

During an interview with Complex's Gerald Flores, the retired NBA icon talked about the time Nelly defeated him in a game of "horse" after throwing back a few drinks at Jermaine Dupri's studio:

Have a lot of rappers over your career tried to come at you on the basketball court?

Not one-on-one. Me and Nelly played H.O.R.S.E. He's a friend of mine. I remember one night we went to Jermaine Dupri's studio and I had been drinking before I got there. We went into the gym and he beat my ass. Then he went on 106 and Park and bragged about it. So the next time we played, I made sure that I came prepared. I hadn't drunk anything and beat his ass. And during that game he was saying, "You need to get him a couple drinks." I told him, "Nah. Not today. You ain't going to brag on this one."

As CBS Sports noted, there is video of the second battle—which The Answer won handily:

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 7:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers stands on the court during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nuggets won 93-83. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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While this is a cool story about two of the biggest stars of the 2000s, it was definitely a missed opportunity to play "horse" instead of "E-I-E-I-Uh Oh":

[Complex, h/t CBS Sports]

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