Here are few simple questions about overtime games in the NBA:
which team played the most overtime games in the last 3 years?
which team won the most overtime games in the last 3 years?
how many overtime games happened in that span?
So simple and yet answers aren’t easily available so I’ve decided to change that!
And that’s all thanks to one comment by Greyberger after my previous post about real time duration of NBA games, data from basketball-reference.com and a very close finish in the Game 2 of NBA Finals.
BTW, today I was supposed to write “What was unique in Game 2 of NBA Finals?”… but Mavs’ comeback and final result turned out to be the most unique thing about this game so I’ve decided to skip box score tidbits.
Let’s start with some curiosities…
In 2010/11 there were 81 games with at least one overtime in regular season and 6 such games in the playoffs.
In 2009/10 there were 72 games with at least one overtime in regular season and 1 such game in the playoffs.
In 2008/09 there were 70 games with at least one overtime in regular season and 7 such games in the playoffs.
The most overtime games in the last 3 years played Chicago Bulls [whooping 26!].
The least overtime games in the last 3 years played Denver Nuggets [7 and they won 6 of them!]
If you are interested which teams had the best winning percentage of overtime games or
which teams lost more than 70% of them and many others you only have to take a look at this table:
|Team||OT Games||OT Wins||Winning%|
P.S. If you want something more specific, such as only one season of data, let me know in the comments.