Does someone know of an example of an NBA game in which one team did not score a single three-pointer? Did this ever happen?
First, the three-point line was introduced in the NBA for the 1979-1980 season(1). Therefore, every game before that season did not include a single three-pointer.
Does someone [know] of an example of [an] NBA game in which one team did not score ... a single ... three-pointer?
Between the 1979-1980 NBA season and the 2015-2016 NBA season, this has happened 11,253 times according to Basketball Reference's Team Game Finder(2).
A few interesting points to note:
- The number of three point attempts per game has steadily increased since its introduction(1).
- Between the 2013-2014 NBA season and the 2015-2016 NBA season (which includes three seasons), the number of times a team did not score a single three-pointer in a game is 6 (including once during the entire 2013-2014 NBA season)(3).
- During the 2012-2013 NBA season, the number of times a team did not score a single three-pointer in a game is 5.
- Before the 2012-2013 NBA season, a team not scoring a single three-pointer in a game was more common.