ATLANTA (AP) — The Boston Celtics have turned in the lowest-scoring first quarter in an NBA playoff game since the league went to a shot clock in 1954.
The Celtics managed just seven points in the opening period of Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Playing without two key players, Boston made only 3 of 23 shots from the field and missed all six attempts beyond the a3-point arc.
According to STATS, the previous record for fewest points in an opening quarter during the shot-clock era was eight, initially set by Utah in a 1988 game against the Los Angeles Lakers and matched by Dallas in a 2010 game at San Antonio.
It was also Boston’s lowest-scoring playoff quarter since the NBA was founded in 1949.
Celtics' 1st quarter total are fewest scored by any team in 1st quarter of playoff game in shot clock era (1954-55). pic.twitter.com/gUgW4R26VT
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