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Highest Scoring NBA Game Ever!

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When it comes to discussions of unbreakable NBA records, the combined 370 points scored in the Pistons’ 186-184 triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 13, 1983, has to be pretty high on the list. Considering that the average NBA game today features about half that many points, the record books probably won’t have to be altered anytime soon.

Given the gaudy point totals, one can safely assume that these were not your Bad Boys-era Pistons. It wasn’t until later in the decade that Detroit established itself as a dominant defensive force. But in 1983, Detroit could get up and down with the best of them, scoring 117.1 points per game - the third-highest average in the league. Doug Moe’s Denver Nuggets of the 1980s were among the league leaders in scoring for years, and the 1983-84 season was no different: 123.7 points per game, best in the league.

So if two teams were going to drop 180 points on each another, the Pistons and the Nuggets certainly had the street cred to pull it off. “At that time, if you go to Denver you know you’re going to be in for a scoring match,” said forward Kelly Tripucka. “They didn’t run a lot of plays, they just kept running. We knew we had to play a certain way with them.” It was a lot of running - and a run of incredible luck - that produced this spectacular exhibition.

In the early going, there was nothing to suggest that the 9,655 fans in attendance at McNichols Arena were witnessing history. The 74-74 halftime tie was a hefty total, to be sure, but when you consider that the Nuggets and their opponents scored 140 or more points in a game 14 times the previous season, media members weren’t exactly shouting “stop the presses” from their courtside seats. The Pistons led by five at the end of three quarters, but trailed, 145-142, with seconds remaining in regulation. Bill Laimbeer was fouled, and after making the first free throw, intentionally missed the second. Isiah Thomas tipped in the errant rebound, sending the game into overtime.

Incredibly, the Pistons actually left points on the court. Had they managed to shoot their season average at the foul line, 74.2 percent, Detroit would have won in regulation. Instead, they connected on just 61.6 percent (37-of-60) of their freebies on the night.


12.13.2016 12:28
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