Philadelphia’s  Ben Simmons goes up for a shot against the Nets’ Jarrett Allen in Game 2 Monday (Chris Szagola)
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons goes up for a shot against the Nets’ Jarrett Allen in Game 2 Monday (Chris Szagola)|Associated Press
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Tuesday Quickie Quiz & Single Digits: Sixers third, Gretzky’s first three and last three, Phillies extra-innings


Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

TUESDAY’S QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Wayne Gretzky played 208 NHL playoff games in his career. He lost the first three and the last three, all against the same team. Which team?

(Answer Below)

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TUESDAY’S SINGLE DIGITS

>>> The Sixers’ 145 points in their win over the Nets Monday set a franchise record for points in a playoff game and is tied for the eighth-highest total in a regulation postseason game in NBA history.

The club’s previous record was set during a 141-135 overtime win over the San Francisco Warriors in Game 1 of the 1967 NBA Finals . . . Their best regulation mark had been set three days earlier, when the Sixers eliminated the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Division Finals, 140-116.

The NBA mark was set April 28, 1990, when the Celtics topped the Knicks, 157-128 . . . On March 30, 1970, the Bucks topped the Sixers, 156-120. (For more on that game, see the list below.)

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>>> The Sixers tied an NBA Playoff record for most points in a quarter. In fact, they now own two of the top seven scoring periods in NBA postseason history:

Most Points in a Quarter, Playoffs
51 (3): Sixers (vs. Nets), April 16, 2019
51 (4): Lakers (vs. Pistons), March 31, 1962
50 (3): Rockets (at Timberwolves), April 23, 2018
49 (3): Lakers (vs. Warriors), May 5, 1987
49 (4): Warriors (at Spurs), April 25, 1991
49 (1): Cavaliers (vs. Warriors), June 9,2017
48 (4): Sixers (vs. Bucks), March 30, 1970

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>>> A closer look at the record-tying third quarter . . .
> The points/time breakdown:
- 24 points in first 4:19;
- 2 points in middle 2:48;
- 25 points in final 4:53.

> During the “slow” 2:48 in the middle of the quarter, the Sixers shot 1-for-4 with two turnovers and were outscored by 7-2 . . . In the other 9:12 of the period, it was Sixers 49, Nets 16.

> The 51 points in the quarter were more than the entire game total for nine opponents of NCAA Champion Virginia this past season.

> The Sixers finished the third quarter with 116 points . . . Brooklyn reached 116 with 2:40 to go in the fourth quarter.

> Philadelphia had five offensive rebounds in the quarter . . . The Nets had four total rebounds in the quarter.

> Boban Marjanovic, who had 14 points in 11:10 of first-half playing time, was scoreless in the 4:22 he played in Period 3.

> The quarter took 34 minutes to play, so the Sixers average a point just about every 40 seconds of real time for that period.

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>>> The Phillies played extra-inning games Sunday (win) and Monday (loss). The team has played three consecutive extra-inning games 10 times since divisional play began (1969), the most recent being June 18-20-21, 2017. They were 0-3.

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers were swept by the Flyers, 3-0, on April 8, 9 and 11, 1980, his first NHL postseason appearance . . . His Rangers team dropped three straight (May 20, 23 and 25) to the Flyers after tying the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals at 1-1 . . . Neither his 1997-98 nor 1998-99 Rangers clubs qualified for the postseason.

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