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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: An amazing game

     October 20, 1972 -- The Buffalo Braves had some odd moments in their eight-year history. This was certainly one of them.

     The Braves were playing the Celtics in their fifth game of the season. Buffalo was 2-2 entering the game, thanks to two wins over Philadelphia. That wasn't much of an achievement, since the Sixers went 9-73 that season -- the worst record in NBA history.

     The Celtics were in top form in the first three quarters of the game, jumping out to a 103-60 lead. There was no way Buffalo could get back in the game.

     Then the Braves almost did exactly that. They scored an NBA record 58 points in the fourth quarter.

     "Satch Sanders was guarding me," Buffalo rookie Randy Smith told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "He was near the end of his career. ... He told me during the game to slow down. Because of my speed, that was a remark I heard from everyone."

     It wasn't enough, as the Celtics still won, 126-118. The Braves then lost their next five games as well to fall to 2-8, and finished 21-61 for the season.

   For more on the 1972-73 Braves' season, click here.

--- Budd Bailey

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