November 22, 1950: The Lowest Scoring Game In NBA History
On November 22, 1950, the Fort Wayne Pistons ended a streak of 29 straight home wins for the Minneapolis Lakers with a 19-18 victory. The 37 points scored are the lowest total in the history of the NBA. The Pistons took an early 8-7 lead in the first quarter before the Lakers took it back, by halftime the Minneapolis squad held a 13-11 edge. After the half Fort Wayne's strategy of keep away went to new lengths, they held the Lakers to just 5 points as they held onto the ball for more than three minutes at a time without taking a shot. The Lakers were led by big man George Mikan who knocked down 15 of the 18 points but it wasn't enough to overcome the game of keep away that Fort Wayne employed. John Oldham led the Pistons scoring with 5 points on the day which was one more than his teammate Paul Armstrong. Larry Foust hit the game winner with just 6 seconds to go in the game to put the icing on the cake in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. Obviously this happened before the shot clock was introduced to the game. It would be implemented during the '54-'55 season.