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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Oct. 20, 1972 -- Braves put up a fight

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.

It wasn't enough, as the Celtics still won, 126-118.

-- Budd Bailey

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