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Knicks, Magic combine for lowest-scoring quarter in NBA history

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher


The Knicks and the Magic have been bad this season, and this is not news. But together, they combined to be so bad that this year’s teams are now a part of NBA history.

During the second quarter of Saturday night’s contest, New York outscored Orlando 8-7. That was it -- 15 points scored in total by the two teams, which was the lowest scoring of any quarter essentially in NBA history.

(Technically, it was the lowest-scoring quarter in the shot clock era, but that’s been in place now for the last 60 years.)

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It was the fewest points in a quarter in the shot clock era (since 1954-55), which spans 209,888 quarters played, including Saturday’s action. It was also only the third time that both teams scored fewer than 10 points each.

Orlando was 3-for-19 from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the second quarter. New York did the Magic one better (or worse), going 3-for-20 in the period and 0-for-5 from 3. There were nine combined turnovers, with seven by the Magic.

It was the fewest points from two teams in a non-overtime period this season, eclipsing the previous mark of 24 achieved three times.

Tim Hardaway Jr., who hit the late-game three that gave the Knicks the 80-79 victory, was able to find a positive in his team’s historically bad performance.

“It was 8-7 in the second quarter so our defense did a great job of withstanding that quarter,’' he said. “Even though we didn’t score, they didn’t score as well so we just had an all-around great game.’'