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These 39 NBA teams made the most three-pointers in one game

Okay, it might be time to move the three point line back. It’s no surprise that in this era of emphasized three-point shooting and position-less basketball that individual, franchise, combined, and season records are being broken seemingly every week. More on that at the end of this article.

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List of NBA teams with Most 3-pointers in a Game

For many years, the record for the most threes in a game was set by the Orlando Magic with 23 back in 2009. That team was anchored by Dwight Howard and surrounded by Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, and J.J. Redick. That record was then tied in 2013 by a James Harden-led Houston Rockets team, but the league hadn’t fully-adopted the three as the focus of their offensive schemes as they have today.

Fast forward to the Steph Curry-led Warriors and the game has completely changed from an inside-out approach to a perimeter-heavy offense. Since 2017, that record of 23 made threes made by one team has been surpassed dozens of times over.

It’s no surprise that these records were set in the last few years with the league heavily relying three-point shooting. The team that holds the record for most three-pointers in one game is the Milwaukee Bucks who hit an amazing 29 threes in 51 three point attempts (56.9%) in a blowout win against the Miami Heat.

NBA Teams with Most Threes in One Game
Threes Team Date Opponent
29 Milwaukee Bucks 12/29/2020 Miami Heat
28 Houston Rockets 02/01/2021 OKC Thunder
28 Utah Jazz 02/23/2021 Cha Hornets
27 Houston Rockets 04/07/2019 Read more
27 Brooklyn Nets 02/15/2021 Read more
27 Utah Jazz 12/03/2021 Bos Celtics
27 Golden State Warriors 05/08/2021 Read more
27 Boston Celtics 11/06/2022 NY Knicks
26 Houston Rockets 12/19/2018 Was Wizards
26 Minnesota Timberwolves 02/08/2020 Read more
26 Utah Jazz 02/05/2021 Read more
26 Utah Jazz 04/03/2021 Orl Magic
26 Milwaukee Bucks 11/10/2021 NY Knicks
25 Cleveland Cavaliers 03/03/2017 Atl Hawks
25 Houston Rockets 02/20/2020 GS Warriors
25 Los Angeles Clippers 08/01/2020 NO Pelicans
25 Utah Jazz 01/08/2021 Mil Bucks
25 Chicago Bulls 02/10/2021 NO Pelicans
25 Dallas Mavericks 02/12/2021 NO Pelicans
25 Phoenix Suns 04/12/2021 Hou Rockets
25 Houston Rockets 04/29/2021 Read more
25 Boston Celtics 02/15/2022 Philly 76ers/a>
25 Golden State Warriors 12/03/2022 Hou Rockets
24 Houston Rockets 12/16/2016 NO Pelicans
24 Denver Nuggets 02/13/2017 Read more
24 Boston Celtics 11/01/2018 Read more
24 Golden State Warriors 01/16/2019 NO Pelicans
24 Golden State Warriors 10/29/2018 Chi Bulls
24 Los Angeles Clippers 02/06/2020 Miami Heat
24 Phoenix Suns 02/21/2021 Read more
24 Portland Trailblazers 03/01/2021 Cha Hornets
24 Golden State Warriors 04/14/2021 OKC Thunder
24 Charlotte Hornets 01/05/2022 Det Pistons
24 Charlotte Hornets 01/26/2022 Ind Pacers

View every NBA franchise’s record for most threes made in a game

Think about that: The league record for most threes made by one team sat at 23 three point field goals made for thirty years. Then in a last several seasons – since 2016 —  that long-standing three-point record has been surpassed 17 times. It’s most certainly a sign of the times.

The baseline has shifted so much we had to raise the threshold for this list. Here’s a handful of teams that hit 23 threes and were apart of this list before the threeball revolution in the NBA took hold.

NBA Teams with Most Threes in One Game
Threes Team Date Game Info
23 Orlando Magic 01/13/2009 Read more
23 Houston Rockets 02/05/2013 Read More
23 Detroit Pistons 04/18/2018 Read more
23 Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019 Read more
23 Portland Trailblazers 08/06/2020 Read more

Are the Houston Rockets the Modern Denver Nuggets of the 1980’s?

Off the top of your head and if you were to make a bet at an NJ online casino or sports book, one would think that the Golden State Warriors would own the record for most three pointers hit by one team in one NBA game. That team featured three of the best shooters in NBA history in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.

The Houston Rockets are coached by coach Mike D’Antoni who has helped to popularize the current small ball trend which involves spreading the floor, attacking the basket and corner threes. That strategy helps when you have an otherworldly scorer like Harden whom is equal parts a triple threat to shoot, attack the basket, or passing the ball (okay, the latter is only likely after a couple dozen dribbles), but he’s no doubt the reason why the Rockets own the first two spots on this list.

The question is can that approach be successful after the regular season? Small ball and putting up a lot of points isn’t new; just ask the Don Nelson Denver Nuggets of the 1980’s. That team put up numbers, but rarely had any success worth mentioning. What we’re saying is though the three pointer is clearly important in today’s game, it’ll take more than launching threes to win in the NBA postseason.

The Three Ball Era

That’s not to place a magnifying glass solely on the Rockets as the entire league has prioritized the three point shot into their overall offensive (and defensive) approach to the game.  We’re not sure what the inventors of the three pointer had in mind when they came up with the three-point line, but I’m sure they’re smiling watching today’s NBA.


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