The longest game in NBA history as of February 2015 was played on Jan. 6, 1951 between the Indianapolis Olympians and the Rochester Royals. After 78 minutes of game play and a record six overtimes, the game concluded with the relatively low score of 75-73 in favor of the Olympians.
This was a low-scoring season and one of the last seasons before the league moved to step up team scoring, introducing the two-second clock four seasons later. The losing Royals finished second in the Western Division. In the postseason, the team won the NBA Finals by defeating the New York Knickerbockers. The eventual winner of the longest game in NBA history, the Olympians, went on to finish fourth in the Western Division. They were pushed out of the Western Division Semifinals by the Minneapolis Lakers and their star center, George Mikan.