The NBA schedule giveth: Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers dragged into town after their biggest win of the season, a down-to-the wire victory of the Celtics that broke the Sixers six game home losing streak to the C’s. The Bucks thumped Philly at the Bradley Center 102-74, Andrew Bogut leading the way with 17 pts, 9 rebs. Three game winning streak for the Bucks.
The NBA schedule taketh away: After drubbing the weary Sixers, the Bucks boarded a plane for Boston and turned their watches ahead not one but two hours for daylight savings, arrived at about 3:30 AM eastern time (according to Bucks twitter messages) with their game against the Celtics set for 6 pm the next evening.
In the first quarter they tied the Miami Heat for least points in an NBA quarter this season (nine – also against the stifling Celtics D). The Bucks almost set a record for scoring futility in an NBA half until a couple of buckets by Bogut got them to 22.
The 56 the Bucks scored for the game was a franchise low, underwhelming the 58 they scored the day they traded Ray Allen to Seattle in 2003.
Clunk. Back to bed Bucks. Then on to Atlanta for their 4th and final game this season against the Hawks who … well, you never know what you’re going to get with the schizophrenic Hawks, but it will be the first time the Bucks play them with Kirk Hinrich at point guard.
And now, without further ado, and in honor of the Bucks new franchise record scoring low, let’s play H-O-R-S-E in the late 1970’s.
The combatants: Bucks 1978 All-Star shooting guard Brian Winters and Milwaukee Lincoln High alumnus “Downtown” Freddie Brown of the Seattle SuperSonics, who, like Winters, built his NBA rep gunning from, where else? Downtown. Before the league drew the lines that defined where that neighborhood began.
Dam, did Brian just lose HORSE to nothing? This is what happens when celebrating new low records for scoring futility.
Let’s put this into context:
Fewest points scored by one team in an NBA game since the 24-second shot clock was introduced for the 1954-55 season (x = playoff game):
49 -- Chicago vs. Miami, April 10, 1999. 53 -- Denver at Detroit, Nov. 16, 2002. 54 -- x-Utah at Chicago, June 7, 1998. 55 -- Indiana vs. San Antonio, March 29, 1998. 56 -- Milwaukee at Boston, March 13, 2011 56 -- Toronto at Minnesota, Nov. 1, 2003. 56 -- Miami vs. Utah, Dec. 18, 2001. 56 -- Miami at Charlotte, Dec. 20, 2000. 56 -- Utah at Seattle, Feb. 16, 1999. 57 -- Cleveland @ Los Angeles L Jan. 11, 2011 57 -- Orlando vs. Cleveland, Dec. 4, 1996. 57 -- Philadelphia vs. Miami, Feb. 21, 1996. 57 -- Milwaukee vs. Boston, Providence, R.I., Feb. 27, 1955. 59 -- Charlotte @ Boston, Oct. 28,2009 59 -- New York @ Boston, Nov. 29, 2007 59 -- Portland at Indiana, Feb. 27, 1998. 59 -- Cleveland at San Antonio, March 25, 1997. 59 -- Sacramento at Charlotte, Jan. 10, 1991. 60 -- Utah vs Indiana, Nob. 30,2005 61 -- Indiana at Cleveland, March 22, 1994. 61 -- New York at Detroit, April 12, 1992. 61 -- New York at Detroit, Jan. 29,2005. 62 -- Utah vs New York, Nov. 14, 2005