Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, May 10, the morning after the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards had a throwback night and didn’t warn anyone.
The Wizards were held to a franchise-low 63 points in a game that was reminiscent of a different time in basketball, a time without shot clocks … or offensive prowess … or anything really resembling entertainment value.
The Pacers took a 2-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Wizards with an 85-63 win at the Verizon Center Friday night, but it was a game that was much more akin to the Ma Bell era rather than the mobile age.
The teams combined for just 67 points in the first half, with Indiana holding a 34-33 lead. Washington then somehow managed to top their offensive ineptitude in the second half, scoring just 30 points as Indiana pulled away for the blowout win.
The 63 points by the Wizards was the fourth-lowest total for a postseason game in the shot-clock era, which began in 1954-55.
Just for fun, though, we have learned that the game had fewer total points than 10 of the 11 games played between teams from Indianapolis and Washington in the old, old days of pro basketball:
Fewest Combined Points, Indianapolis vs. Washington
- 140 (Washington Capitols 83, Indianapolis Jets 57, Feb. 2, 1949)
- 148 (Indiana Pacers 85, Washington Wizards 63, May 9, 2014)
- 152 (Indianapolis Jets 83, Washington Capitols 69, Feb. 1, 1949)
- 160 (Washington Capitols 81, Indianapolis Olympians 79, Feb. 18, 1950)
- 166 (Indianapolis Olympians 87, Washington Capitols 79, OT, Dec. 23, 1950)
- 169 (Indianapolis Olympians 88, Washington Capitols 81, Feb. 7, 1950)
- 169 (Washington Capitols 88, Indianapolis Olympians 81, Dec. 26, 1950)
- 170 (Washington Capitols 94, Indianapolis Jets 76, Nov. 27, 1948)
- 170 (Washington Capitols 89, Indianapolis Jets 81, Jan. 8, 1949)
- 172 (Indianapolis Jets 94, Washington Capitols 78, Dec. 7, 1948)
- 180 (Indianapolis Olympians 101, Washington Capitols 79, Dec. 6, 1950)
- 184 (Washington Capitols 100, Indianapolis Olympians 84, Nov. 1, 1950)
So … yeah.
The Daily NBA Fix will do what it did all season long, deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players and, yes, we’ll still be handing out the Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards. We’ll also have informational tidbits and a look at the daily lines for those who want to drop a buck or two on a wager.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).