We have already talked about the NBA Playoff highest-scoring games, so today we’ll present you the negative part of the record: the Playoff Top-20 games with the lowest score.
NBA Playoff Lowest-scoring Games
The record belongs to Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Bombers. The 1948 Eastern Conference Semifinal ended up 51 to 56. The two teams scored only 107 points in total, a raw deal compared to usual.
The low score derived from the numerous errors at the shooting: the Warriors scored the 17.7% of the attempts, the Bombers the 26.3%.
More recently, we have witnessed a 66 to 64 in Game-3 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinal between Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.
In this match, too, the low score depended on the numerous errors at the shooting. In particular, the third quarter recorded the most dramatic statistics: 26.7% FG for Detroit Pistons (4-of-15) and 23.5% for Boston Celtics (4-of-17).
NBA Playoff Low-scoring Games
|1||Philadelphia Warriors 51-56 St. Louis Bombers||107||30 March 1948|
|2||Philadelphia Warriors 53-59 Syracuse Nationals||112||23 March 1950|
|3||St. Louis Bombers 60-58 Philadelphia Warriors||118||23 March 1948|
|4||Minneapolis Lakers 60-62 Syracuse Nationals||122||3 April 1954|
|Minneapolis Lakers 67-55 Rochester Royals||122||29 March 1949|
|Chicago Stags 55-67 Washington Capitols||122||12 April 1947|
|Chicago Stags 67-55 Washington Capitols||122||8 April 1947|
|Washington Capitols 55-67 Chicago Stags||122||3 April 1947|
|9||St. Louis Bombers 73-51 Philadelphia Warriors||124||5 April 1947|
|10||Minneapolis Lakers 75-50 Anderson Packers||125||5 April 1950|
|New York Knicks 53-72 Philadelphia Warriors||125||14 April 1947|
|12||Chicago Stags 66-61 Washington Capitols||127||12 April 1947|
|13||Minneapolis Lakers 63-65 Syracuse Nationals||128||11 April 1954|
|Cleveland Rebels 77-51 New York Knicks||128||2 April 1947|
|15||Philadelphia Warriors 63-66 Baltimore Bullets||129||13 April 1948|
|St. Louis Bombers 64-65 Philadelphia Warriors||129||25 March 1948|
|17||Boston Celtics 66-64 Detroit Pistons||130||10 May 2002|
|St. Louis Bombers 64-66 Rochester Royals||130||23 March 1949|
|19||Philadelphia Warriors 71-60 Baltimore Bullets||131||10 April 1948|
|St. Louis Bombers 46-85 Philadelphia Warriors||131||6 April 1948|
|St. Louis Bombers 69-62 Philadelphia Warriors||131||1 April 1948|