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01/06/1951: A six-overtime slugfest

(The Rochester Royals: 1951 champs)

On this day 69 years ago, the Indianapolis Olympians (defunct since 1953) beat the Rochester Royals (now the Kings), 75-73, in a six-overtime regular season game.

With 78 total minutes played, it remains the longest NBA game ever played, though the true spectacle is how few points were scored in such a ridiculously long contest.

The game (played pre-shot clock) was tied at 65 at the end of regulation. Here’s how the overtimes played out:

IND:   2 | 0 | 2 | 0 | 4 | 2 ROC:  2 | 0 | 2 | 0 | 4 | 0

You can check out the full box score here. The Royals went on to win the title that year, still their only championship in team history.


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