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Sixers Turnovers Four Real

Sixers Tie a Franchise Record With Four Turnovers

Sixers Turnovers Four Real

The 76ers tied a franchise record by committing just four turnovers in their 95-90 victory over the Lakers Monday. They also had four turnovers — to go along with six technical fouls — in a 117-116 overtime loss to the Knicks in New York on Jan. 21, 1991.

The NBA single-game record for fewest turnovers (a statistic that has been kept only since 1970-71) is two, set by the Bucks against the Pacers in 2006 and tied by the Cavaliers in an overtime game with the Trail Blazers in 2009.

The Sixers are averaging 10.68 turnovers a game, which is a full three less per game than any other NBA team and would be an NBA record for a whole season. This season's leaders and the NBA's all-time best are below.

One more non-related turnover note: While browsing through the NBA Record Book, we noticed that the Sixers set the record (since tied) for most turnovers by two teams in one game when they and the Spurs combined for 73 on Oct. 22, 1976. And if that date sounds familiar, it should ... it was Julius Erving's 76er debut.

2011-12 FEWEST TO/GAME
Team G TO Avg.    Record
Sixers     25     267     10.68 18-  7
Jazz 23 316 13.74 13-10
Spurs 26 360 13.85 17-  9
Hawks     25 348 13.92 16-  9

 

ALL-TIME FEWEST TO/GAME
Team Season G TO Avg.    Record
Pistons    2005-06    82    931    11.35 64-18
Mavericks     2002-03 82 949 11.57 60-22
Pistons 2007-08 82 956 11.66 59-23
Raptors 2007-08 82 959 11.70 41-41
Spurs 2008-09 82 963 11.74 54-28
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