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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Highest-scoring quarters in postseason history

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The Sixers tied an NBA record with 51 points in the third quarter of Game 2 (NBA Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers took a one-point lead the second half of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets and it appeared the two teams were set to battle down to the wire once again.

It took just one record-tying quarter for the Sixers to put things out of reach.

In the third frame, the Sixers scored 51 points (on 18-for-25 shooting). According to Basketball-Reference, this ties an NBA playoff record for most points scored in a quarter (Lakers, 1962). Philadelphia became just the third team to score 50 or more points in a quarter in the postseason; it would go on to earn a convincing 145-143 victory.

With the Sixers adding their name to the history books in Game 2, take a look back at some of the highest-scoring quarters in playoff history.

Date Team Opponent Quarter Points
Apr. 15, 2019 Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets 3rd 51
Mar. 31, 1962 Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 4th 51
Apr. 23, 2018 Houston Rockets Minnesota Timberwolves 3rd 50
Jun. 9, 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 1st 49
Apr. 25, 1991 Golden State Warriors San Antonio Spurs 4th 49
May 5, 1987 Los Angeles Lakers Golden State Warriors 3rd 49
Mar 30, 1970 Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks 4th 48
May 14, 1986 Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers 4th 47
Jun. 3, 1984 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 3rd 47
Apr. 23, 1978 Milwaukee Bucks Denver Nuggets 4th 47
Mar. 30, 1970 Milwaukee Bucks Philadelphia 76ers 3rd 47

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