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This Date in NBA History: Atlanta Hawks & Utah Jazz duel it out in quadruple overtime & more

In 2012, in Atlanta, the Hawks played out a back-and-forth quadruple overtime contest against the Utah Jazz. It was the league's first quadruple-overtime game since 1997 when the Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 140-139.

At the time of this game, it was only the ninth quadruple-overtime game in NBA history. After 68 minutes of action, the hosts came out on top, winning 139-133.

Joe Johnson, who was the game's highest scorer at 37 (14-of-28 FG; 4-of-7 3PT), began the game on fire. He scored 18 points in the first period on 8-of-8 shooting but then went on to miss eight of his next nine shots including a potential game-winner in regulation.

However, he came up clutch for the Hawks. His late three forced triple-overtime (video below) and he also knocked a jumper as part of the Hawks' game-sealing 6-2 run over the last 16.9 seconds of the quadruple-overtime session.

"It was unbelievable," Johnson said. "I just had to laugh it off. I've never played in a game like that."

The Hawks had seven players finish in double figures including valuable contributions from Josh Smith, who recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, and Zaza Pachulia who added 15 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks, while Jeff Teague finished with 18 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Jazz had six in double figures led by their frontcourt duo of Paul Millsap with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists and Al Jefferson, who had 28 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks.

Another notable event on March 25th

  • In 2019, Devin Booker scored 59 points (19-of-34 FG; 5-of-8 3PT; 16-of-17 FT) in a 125-92 road loss to the Utah Jazz. At the time, it was only the second occasion he had scored 50 or more - the previous game saw him drop 70 points against the Boston Celtics.

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