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The Raptors Allowed 49 Points In The Fourth Quarter Last Night. Here Are Some Other Numbers.

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It was bad, and the only way to get over it is to look at some historical comparisons.

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In case you missed it, the Raptors allowed 49 points to the Bulls last night in the fourth quarter. Sure, there was a lot of intentional fouling that led to free throw attempts late in the game that made the number of points allowed look worst, but that was no excuse to the (lack of) defense that was played in the final 12 minutes.

The 49 points was a franchise record for points allowed in a quarter for Toronto, and points scored in a quarter for Chicago. Just for fun (define: fun), I pulled up the all-time records. Did you know:

  • The record for most points scored in the fourth quarter for one team belongs to the Buffalo Braves, who outscored the Boston Celtics 58-23 in the fourth in a game on October 20, 1972. Randy Smith led them with 29 points in that game. Also, shoutout to this basic box score of the game, we've come a long way. The best part: the Braves still lost by eight points, the final score was 126-118 for the Celtics.
  • Guess who has the record for fewest points allowed in the fourth? The Raptors! On February 8, 2004, the Golden State Warriors scored just two points in the final 12 minutes, as Toronto came back from a 16-point deficit to win in overtime. Starting at center that night for the Raps? Robert Archibald.
  • The Raptors were also part of the game with fewest points for both teams in a third quarter, when they tied the Celtics in 9-9 in a game on January 12, 2001. We did score 30 points in the first and fourth quarter of that game and won 93-72. Starting at point guard that night for the Raps? Mark Jackson.
  • By the way, most points between two teams in the fourth quarter is 99 in a 1984 game when the Spurs outscored the Nuggets 53-46. The Raptors and Bulls combined for 86 points last night in the fourth. Close, but not close enough. Thankfully.