Monthly Archives: February, 2017

All-Star Game points by each NBA team since 2005


Milwaukee Bucks fans will see something they haven’t seen in more than a decade on February 19: They will see a player from their team playing in the NBA All-Star Game. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a starter for the East squad in the game, making him the first Bucks player to play in the NBA All-Star Game since Michael Redd in 2004.

In that 2004 game, Redd tallied 13 points. Since that game in ’04, Bucks players have not scored a point in the All-Star Game. During that same timeframe, two teams, Miami and Oklahoma City, had players who scored over 300 points in the game. The Heat led the way with 368 points, while OKC/Seattle franchise¬†players during that time had 337 points.

Following are the number of points scored by players from each NBA franchise in the NBA All-Star Game from 2005 to 2016 (current franchise city is listed).

Miami: 368
Oklahoma City: 337

Cleveland: 266
L.A. Lakers: 218

L.A. Clippers: 168
Phoenix: 159
Houston: 159
Boston: 150
New York Knicks: 142
San Antonio: 142
Indiana: 112
Atlanta: 110
Toronto: 106
Denver: 102

Orlando: 94
Dallas: 93
New Orleans: 86
Detroit: 81
Golden State: 79
Portland: 78
Washington: 76
Brooklyn: 59
Minnesota: 51
Philadelphia: 45
Utah: 37
Sacramento: 25
Memphis: 24
Charlotte: 2
Milwaukee: 0

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Super Bowl leads after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters


Okay… let’s say you are watching the Super Bowl on Sunday and the Patriots score a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and take a 14-3 lead going into the second quarter. With an 11-point lead after the first quarter, are the Pats assured of a victory? How well have Super Bowls teams done with a lead of 10 points or more in the first quarter?

Or… let’s say New England has the lead at halftime after scoring 17 or more points in the first half. Are they on their way to a victory?

Or… finally, the Falcons surprisingly go scoreless in the first half (something that would definitely be a big deal, especially considering their high-powered offense). How many Super Bowl teams have gone on to win the big game after going scoreless in the first half?

Well… I have some answers for you. Let’s start with the lead margin after each of the three quarters. Teams with a 10-point or bigger lead after the first quarter have gone on to win eight of 10 Super Bowls (a .800 winning percentage). Even just having the lead after the first quarter is a good omen; teams with the lead after the first quarter in the Super Bowl are 27-11 (.711 winning percentage).

The chart below breaks down the leads after each of the three quarters in the previous 50 Super Bowls. There are five categories: leads of one point or more, leads of three points or more, leads of seven points of more, and those of 10 or more and 14 points or more.

SUPER BOWL LEADS 1 point or more 3 points or more 7 points or more 10 points or more 14 points or more
Lead after the 1st quarter 27-11 .711 27-11 .711 17-4 .810 8-2 .800 3-0 1.000
Lead at halftime 37-10 .787 35-7 .833 29-3 .906 24-0 1.000 15-0 1.000
Lead after the 3rd quarter 40-9 .816 40-6 .870 33-3 .917 29-1 .967 21-0 1.000

Let’s answer the other two questions from the beginning of this column. Super Bowl teams that have scored 17 or more points in the first half are 19-1. The only loss was in 1982 when the Miami Dolphins had a 17-10 lead at halftime over Washington and lost that contest 27-17.

Super Bowl teams that have held their opponents scoreless in the first half have gone 12-0. If a Super Bowl team has held their opponents to three points or less in the first half of the big game, those teams are 21-3.

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