Boston Celtics defeat Utah Jazz without making any 3-pointers

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On this day in Boston Celtics history, two highly unusual games occurred — both within the last 20 years of the NBA’s history. The first contest was played on this date in 2000, when the Celtics faced the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. In that game, their Atlantic Division opponent made no free throws throughout the game.

This is a good thing, especially if the opposing side only makes 9 free throws in the entirety of the game. That was the case for the Knicks.

The Knicks would not have been able to get the win. New York fell to Boston 92-86.

Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics forward) drives to the basket against Devin Brown (rear) during their NBA basketball game in Boston. It was Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It also marks the date of the game that took place five years ago, when the Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz 101-89.

This game would have otherwise been unremarkable except for one highly unusual fact — the Celtics did not make a single 3-point shot at any point in the game.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

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It wasn’t for lack of trying, though — Paul Pierce himself shot 5 of the 10 total Boston put up throughout the course of the game.

This was the first occasion since 1999 when such an unusual quirk occurred in a game. It was a 0-of-6 match against the Atlanta Hawks. It is the fourth longest streak of NBA history.

“It’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it’s something
we can build on,” said Pierce after the win via ESPN.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire

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