Wizards' 63-Point Game 3 Is 4th-Lowest Playoff Total in Shot-Clock Era

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

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The Washington Wizards forgot how to score during their Game 3 outing against a resurgent Indiana Pacers defense. 

And that's being nice. 

It took a buzzer-beating pull-up jumper from John Wall to produce the 17th point in the first quarter, and the Wiz couldn't even maintain that lackluster pace. Seventeen points per 12 minutes would put them at 68 points by the final buzzer, and that's still five more than they scored Friday. 

By finishing with only 63 points, including a cover-your-eyes-ugly 12-spot in the third quarter, Washington produced the fourth-lowest playoff total since the shot clock was introduced by Danny Biasone and the Syracuse Nationals in the 1954-55 season: 

That's not the type of history Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wizards were hoping to produce during this second-round series. 

Nonetheless, they're now on this ignominious leaderboard, per Basketball-Reference.com

  1. Utah Jazz, 54 points against the Chicago Bulls in 1998.
  2. New Jersey Nets, 56 points against the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 61 points against the Detroit Pistons in 2006.
  4. Washington Wizards, 63 points against the Indiana Pacers in 2014.

There are five other teams that have only managed to score 63 points during a playoff game, so just consider the Wizards the most recent member of the exclusive club. Before them, the newest addition came when the New Orleans Hornets struggled mightily during a 2009 contest with the Denver Nuggets


This was a horrific game to watch, one plagued by bad shot after bad shot. The Wizards finished the contest shooting 32.9 percent from the field, including a 4-of-16 performance from beyond the arc and a disgraceful 11-of-21 outing at the charity stripe. 

Well, normally it would be the charity stripe. In this case, it was far more charitable to the Pacers than it was to the Wizards. 

You can credit Indiana's stellar defense, but the Wizards also have to be held accountable for their inaccuracy. 

As Bleacher Report's Sean Hojnacki wrote while live-blogging this game (poor guy), "Bradley Beal couldn't hit the ocean for most of the game, but he finished with a team-high 16 points despite missing 13 of his 19 shots."

INDIANAPOLIS, IND - MAY 9: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards goes up for the layup against the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.  NO
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It's never good when your leading scorer goes 6-of-19 from the field. 

Trevor Ariza, Garrett Temple and Al Harrington were the only players on the roster to shoot at least 50 percent. Problem is, they combined to loft up only 11 attempts. 

The Wizards have to be quite glad they have a chance to rebound in Game 4. Perhaps they'll come out with so much fire they annihilate their full-game total in just the first half. 

But based on this putrid effort, I wouldn't count on it.