Scorigami can apply to the unique games of the NBA

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Saturday night in Philadelphia, the NFL kicked off his last Scorigami, as the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, 51-26, in a game that otherwise meant next to nothing, as Dallas had already won the NFC East and the Birds had already secured a wildcard spot.

It was the sixth time this season that the NFL recorded a Scorigami, that is, a score that had never happened before. This year we also released our first 38-11, 31-5, 45-30, 41-15 and 48-9. There are now 1,072 unique scores in NFL history, and fewby means of-small, the graph of possible football scores continues to fill up.

Scorigami has been a niche interest online since Jon Bois unveiled the concept five years ago. Last month, it got a full NFL Films treatment, pushing the idea of ​​hunting the unique scores further into the mainstream.

Can see the NFL video here.

“That’s really special,” Bois says as he explains Scorigami to the NFL Films audience. “Because you can never hope to see that in any other sport: football, baseball, basketball. You can usually score one point, one run at a time.”

This is definitely an NFL phenomenon, one that’s interesting because of how many Scorigami opportunities are left. Whether it’s 18-9, 32-11, 36-29 or whatever, there are many ways to set a score that professional football has never seen before. But that doesn’t mean you can do it never hope to see it in basketball. The fact is, we’ve already seen it quite famous this season.

When the Memphis Grizzlies set the NBA record for the largest margin of victory by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in December, it was a NBA Scorigami out of necessity – no one had won a match with 73 points before, so clearly 152-79 was a unique score. Just two weeks earlier, however, the Grizzlies were knocked out themselves, 138-95 against the Minnesota Timberwolves – as well as Scorigami.

Two weeks earlier, the Grizzlies defeated the Rockets, 136-102. That wasn’t Scorigami, but only because that deficit was first cleared by the Bulls and Hawks in 2019.

There has been one more NBA Scorigami this season: Heat 137, Bucks 95 on October 21. So in less than half of the season, the NBA is halfway through posting as many unique score lines as the NFL did during its campaign. Not bad for something dismissed as an impossibility.

It is true that most good basketball scores are off the board. At least, it’s true at the higher numbers. The lowest scoring game in NBA history was Fort Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18, on November 22, 1950—a pre-clocked game in which 21 of 37 total points came on free throws and the teams combined 8 – ahead-31 from the field. The second lowest scoring professional basketball game was Celtics 46, Pittsburgh Ironmen 44, on December 2, 1946. There are many empty Scorigami card spaces between 19-18 and 46-44.

Here’s a look at the chart I made.

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At the other end of the spectrum, Pistons 186, Nuggets 184 in three overtimes on December 13, 1983, remains the NBA’s highest scoring game. Only three other games in NBA history have allowed even one team to reach 170 points, and only 22 games in total have reached the scoreboard 160 for both sides — most recently Bulls 168, Hawks 161 in four overtime on March 1, 2019. Yes, the Bulls and Hawks had two of their matchups in 2019 as Scorigami.

To get an NBA Scorigami now, the game has to be either something nearly impossibly low, a massive blowout, or a wild scoring exhibit like Wizards 154, Pacers 141 last May 3. But just like in the NFL, there’s something to celebrate. : Not only the uniqueness of an individual scoreline, but also the way it can be connected to history, especially as the NBA celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Last April 3, against all odds, there was a double Scorigami – Knicks 125, Pistons 81 and Trail Blazers 133, Thunder 85. Incredibly, that was just a day after Tampa entered NBA Scorigami history, where the pandemic happened – moved Raptors’ 130-77 win over Golden State… on the anniversary of Billy Owens and Latrell Sprewell leading a 134-93 Warriors defeat in Dallas.

That was the Mavericks’ 63rd defeat from 1992-93, heading to 71. But it’s not just terrible teams that can be blown so hard that they enter NBA Scorigami territory. There’s only been one NBA game that ended in 122-89, and it was Game 1 of the 1992 Finals — a series that finished in six — with Michael Jordan scoring 39 points with 11 assists, and Scottie Pippen finishing a rebound shy. of a triple-double to lead the Bulls past the Trail Blazers.

We’ve seen buzzer knockers. We’ve seen great individual effort. So much of what we see in basketball is stuff we’ve seen before, and so the assumption that while the NBA is true many things are happening, Scorigami wouldn’t be one of them. But until last April 26, we had never seen a 146-143 game, when the Spurs beat the Wizards by that score in overtime… and on November 27, the Rockets beat the Hornets by that score in overtime.

We are still waiting for 146-145, and 146-144, and 146-142, and many other scores, including 123-85, 74-62, 141-139. The beauty of the NFL’s Scorigami gets better and better over the course of an afternoon, the craziness it takes to reach a score no two teams have set in over a century of games. The beauty of the NBA’s Scorigami is the reminder that in a league with over a thousand games, pe years, where the action is repetitive enough to make you believe you’ve seen it all, we definitely haven’t seen it all. And that, even if it’s not about unique scoring combinations, is why we keep watching, whether it’s football, basketball or any other sport.


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