I combed through a few hundred box scores and found some interesting stuff regarding the Celtics’ 33-9 third quarter against the Hawks at Philips Arena on Saturday.
I’m close to 99% sure about this information, but since I didn’t go through every single box score, I can’t be 100% confident.
-The last time a team outscored its opponent by at least 24 points in a quarter: November 26, 2012 (Second Quarter: Oklahoma City Thunder 36, Charlotte Bobcats 12) – http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201211260OKC.html (Final Score: Thunder 114, Bobcats 69)
-The last time a team scored at least 33 points in a quarter while holding its opponent to 9 points or fewer: January 9, 2004 (First Quarter: Los Angeles Lakers 34, Atlanta Hawks 7) – http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200401090LAL.html (Final Score: Lakers 113, Hawks 67)
-The last time the Celtics outscored their opponent by at least 24 points in a quarter: November 28, 2000 (Second Quarter: Boston Celtics 29, Cleveland Cavaliers 4) – http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011280CLE.html (Final Score: Celtics 87, Cavaliers 72)
-As far as I can tell, that was the first time in Celtics franchise history that the Celtics scored at least 33 points in a quarter while holding their opponent to 9 points or fewer.