Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, amassed a career-best and NBA season-high 60 points to power the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-99 win over the Orlando Magics on Saturday.
Iverson averaged a league-high 29.7 points a game going into the contest and more than doubled that with a dazzling effort during which he went 24-of-27 from the free-throw line.
His previous career-high was 58 points, set against the Houston Rockets in January 2002.
It was the first 60-point game in the NBA since Tracy McGrady piled up 62 for Orlando against the Washington Wizards last March.
Iverson's brilliant performance overshadowed a 32-point, 13-rebound show from Steve Francis as his Magic team lost for the 14th time in 17 road games.
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, the Detroit Pistons received double figures from six players, led by 21 points from Chauncey Billups, as the NBA champion Detroit Pistons thumped the Washington Wizards 107-86.
Richard Hamilton added 20 points to the Detroit cause and Tayshaun Prince had 16 to help snap Washington's four-game unbeaten run.
Gilbert Arenas, named for next week's All-Star Game, continued to shine for the Wizards with a game-high 24 points. Antawn Jamison chipped in with 14 in a losing cause.
The Wizards have lost nine straight to the Pistons, including two this season.