Celtics score 7 in 1st quarter, lowest in shot-clock era

Celtics center Tyler Zeller (L) is defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala.
Celtics center Tyler Zeller is defended Hawks forward Mike Muscala during the first half. –EPA / ERIK S. LESSER

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.

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It was also Boston’s lowest-scoring playoff quarter since the NBA was founded in 1949.

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