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Wednesday Quickie Quiz & Single Digits

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

WEDNESDAY’S QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Who is the only player to score 12,000+ points in both the ABA and the NBA?

(Answer Below)

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WEDNESDAY’S SINGLE DIGITS

>>> The Sixers’ 36-point loss to the Raptors Tuesday is tied for the second-worst margin of defeat in franchise history. Their only worse defeat was a 40-pointer in the opener of a series the Sixers would go on to win in 1982.

The Sixers’ six playoff losses by 30 or more:
40: Celtics 121, Sixers 81/May 9, 1982
(Celtics lead series, 1-0; Sixers would win series, 4-1)
36: Bucks 156, Sixers 120/March 30, 1970
(Bucks lead series 2-1; Bucks would win series, 4-1)
36: Raptors 125, Sixers 89/May 7, 2019
(Raptors lead series, 3-2)
33: Celtics 120, Sixers 87/May 3, 2002
(Celtics win series, 4-1)
32: Trail Blazers 130, Sixers 98/May 31, 1977
(Series tied, 2-2; Trail Blazers would win series, 4-2)
31: Celtic 134, Sixers 101/March 28, 1969
(Celtics lead series, 2-0; Celtics would win series, 4-1)

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>>> The Sixers somehow managed to go 14:23 (spanning the entire third quarter and parts of the second and fourth) without attempting a single free throw.

Expanding around that, there was a span of 22:55 in which Jimmy Butler was the only Sixer to get to the foul line (5-for-5).

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>>> Totals from Game 5 . . .

Joel Embiid/Ben Simmonds
13: Turnovers
10: Made attempts (8 FG, 2 FT)

Raptors Team
13: Turnovers
69: Made attempts (40 FG, 29 FT)

By the way, the Sixers’ 19 team turnovers lead to 31 Raptors points. Without them, well, Toronto would have . . . won by only five.

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>>> The last time – the only time – the Sixers franchise overcame a 3-2 deficit to win a best-of-seven series was the 1955 Finals, when the Syracuse Nationals defeated visiting Fort Wayne in Games 6 and 7 (109-104, 92-91) to win the NBA Championship.

Since then the franchise has faced a 3-2 deficit 14 times (13 as the Sixers) and never advanced. They did force a Game 7 six of those 14 times (five as the Sixers).

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Dan Issel is the only player to score 12,000+ points in both the ABA (12,823) and the NBA (14,659).

Julius Erving (18,364 NBA) scored only 11,662 points in the ABA.