Yesterday's world tournament qualifier between the International Elite and Global Select made history. After being fouled on the first play of the game, the International Elite hit one of two free-throws, and the scoreboard read 0-1. It stayed that way the rest of the night.
After missing their first and only field goal attempt of the game in the first half, the Select were forced to defend the weave as the Elite successfully kept the ball away from the Select until it came to an end. While snores filled the gym, one fan was overheard saying that watching the game was like watching paint dry, only worse.
The Elite won last night's game by 1 point, 1-0, crushing all previous records as the lowest scoring professional basketball game in history. Before last night, the 1950 match-up between the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons held the undesirable record when the Pistons beat the Lakers 19-18. Without a 24 second shot clock rule in effect, last night's game set two records. The lowest scoring game in professional basketball history, and the most boring.
Note: This game also marks the second shutout in professional basketball history, the first occuring after Tiny's record-setting performance with the Harlem Globetrotters.
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