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76ers and Knicks Set NBA Record with 53 Missed 3-Point Attempts in 1 Game

New York Knicks' Mike Woodson in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 22, 2014

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks set an NBA record Friday night, missing 53 three-point attempts in one of the uglier games you'll ever see.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN, the previous record of 49 misses was set Jan. 1, 2013 in a 105-100 Knicks loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. 

In the first record-setting game, Portland and New York combined to make an almost-respectable 21 of 70 (30 percent) three-point attempts. The 49 misses may have been glaring but were at least accompanied by a decent number of successful tries.

Friday's game was uglier, with the Knicks and 76ers combining to make just 17 of 70 (24.3 percent) three-point attempts in a contest that almost saw the Knicks blow an eight-point lead in the final minute. Both teams were equally bad from beyond the arc, as Philadelphia shot 24.4 percent, while New York came in a smidgen lower at 24.1 percent.

It's ridiculous that Philadelphia was even involved in such a game, as the Sixers are converting at an NBA-worst 30.7 percent clip from three-point range this season. The team's fast-paced style obviously contributed to extra possessions and therefore extra misses, but the 76ers probably shouldn't be chucking up more than 15 or 20 trey attempts, much less the 41 they tried Friday.

Looking further up the I-95 corridor, the Knicks can't feel too good about barely sneaking by the NBA's worst team, even though the victory extended their winning streak to eight games. Call it a hunch, but a team that makes seven of 29 three-pointers against the 76ers probably won't fare well in the postseason, if it manages to qualify.

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