NBA's Most Dangerous 4th-Quarter Teams

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NBA's Most Dangerous 4th-Quarter Teams
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Some NBA teams know how to turn it on in the fourth quarter.

We're not talking about clutch factions that bring it in the last five minutes of a tightly contested game, either. With the game on the line, coaches and fans want their teams to play at a high level for all 12 minutes to close out the game. 

One would assume that with so much riding on those final 12 minutes of action, most franchises would be at their best. Believe it or not, per NBA.com (subscription required) 17 of the Association's 30 teams are being outscored in the final quarter by their opponents. 

Five of those teams—the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks—are surefire playoff teams.

There are, however, a handful of outfits that go against the grain and reject this startlingly disturbing trend of struggling when it matters most.

Which teams are those, and who must the rest of the league fear most in the fourth?

 

All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, NBA.com and TeamRankings.com unless otherwise noted.

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