The 11 Lowest-Scoring Teams in an NBA Game

On the day before Thanksgiving, the Golden State Warriors had a lot to be thankful for. Specifically, their 149-point effort against the Los Angeles Lakers — who were unfortunate enough to have to face the Warriors again just two nights later. It was the most points scored in an NBA game that didn’t go to overtime since 1993, when the Seattle Supersonics beat the Philadelphia 76ers by an embarrassing score of 149-93.

But almost as frequent as teams going off for crazy amounts of points are teams getting held to insanely low point-totals. Here are the 11 lowest-scoring teams in an NBA game since the invention of the shot clock.

Milwaukee Bucks, 56 points

Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders played sparingly and shot 1-for-4 in the loss | Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

On March 13, 2011, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks met up to play at the TD Garden in Boston. In the first quarter, the stout Celtics defense held the Bucks to just nine total points, taking a 20-9 lead that they’d never look back from. The most points Milwaukee would score in any quarter was 18, as they shot 31.4% from the field for the game and were led in scoring by the lesser-known Earl Barron. He scored 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 10 minutes of play, as the Bucks lost the game 87-56.