How Do Two Teams Combine For Four Points In Overtime? Ask Atlanta And Utah

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The NBA’s first four-overtime game since 1997 combined with the Jazz’s uncharacteristically poor shooting produced a rarity: Utah missed 77 shots from the field (49-for-126, 39%) in a 139-133 loss at Atlanta. That was the highest single-game total in an NBA game since 1993, and it was the most ever by the Jazz and the highest total against the Hawks since the Suns implausibly missed 90 shots in a 48-minute game at Atlanta in 1971 (38-for-128, 30%).

via Elias Says…, 3/26/12

That’s a lot of misses in one night. And while I’m not here to rag on the Hawks, playing their third game in three nights, or the Jazz, playing their third in four, I would like to share what happened in the futile first of four overtimes last night.

Yeah, that’s a combined 2-for-16 from the field. Four points. FOUR. Apparently that’s only the second-worst overtime total in NBA history. I blame the stupid schedule.

Seth Carstens