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NBA Team Names by Clue

Guess the NBA team name based on a clue. The clue corresponds to the name of the team, not anything else.
Each team is used once
Answers must correspond to yellow box
Keep in mind that some of the clues are singular, but the answers are plural
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: July 3, 2019
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First submittedOctober 11, 2013
Times taken142,141
Average score50.0%
Rating4.23
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Clue
Team Name
Irishmen
Celtics
Basketball equipment
Nets
Olé
Bulls
Engine components
Pistons
Hedge trimmers
Clippers
Brown bears
Grizzlies
Declaration of Independence
76ers
Dove opposites
Hawks
"Top Gun" characters
Mavericks
Wasps
Hornets
Constant velocity cars
Pacers
Chunks of gold
Nuggets
Soldiers
Warriors
Missiles
Rockets
Minnesota 10,000
Lakers
Clue
Team Name
Warm temperature
Heat
Dollars
Bucks
Forest dogs
Timberwolves
Warlocks
Wizards
Fish-eating birds
Pelicans
Rabbits from hats
Magic
Knee pants
Knicks
Chivalrous knights
Cavaliers
Thor
Thunder
Helios
Suns
Lewis and Clark
Trail Blazers
Male monarchs
Kings
Horse pokers
Spurs
Jurassic Park
Raptors
Louis Armstrong
Jazz
44 Comments
+7
Level 79
Dec 14, 2013
Took me a bit to get Bucks. Bills was stuck in my head.
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Level 46
Aug 6, 2019
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Level 28
Dec 14, 2013
Quiz Idea: zeldanerd1703
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Level 47
Dec 15, 2013
Shouldn't knickerbockers work?
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Level 58
Dec 16, 2013
Yes, yes it should. That is still the official team name. Knicks is just a knick name. Ha, get it? Knick name...
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Level 39
May 16, 2022
IQ=a very big number
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Level 62
Dec 16, 2013
The Pacers clue was a little weak. Why not "Garth Algar's car"
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2016
How about "harness racers"?
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Level 81
Oct 30, 2022
Or a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as it continues.
+2
Level 14
Mar 18, 2014
I twas a fan of ye olde quiz
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Level 55
Jun 4, 2014
neat quiz
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2014
Can someone please tell what's with Lakers and Minnesota 10.000?
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Level 43
Jun 5, 2014
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. Which makes sense as they were originally the minneapolis lakers before they were moved to LA.
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Level 39
May 16, 2022
What doesn’t make sense is why are they still called the lakers
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Level 84
Sep 22, 2023
Well, what is the Pacific Ocean if not a big, salty lake?
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Level 15
Feb 19, 2015
Finished with 2:59 left
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Level 88
Jun 3, 2015
I liked this quiz. "Horse pokers" had me stumped. :)
+2
Level 19
Aug 13, 2016
I got them all with 58 seconds left to easy
+4
Level 71
Oct 28, 2016
As a Brit I only knew some of these, so there was a fair amount of guesswork and lateral thinking involved, and I didn't score amazingly, but still enjoyed it. I feel like I learnt some things - not least that Minnesota is know as 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes', which I am sure is the kind of fact that will come up in some future quizz, either on this site or somewhere else.
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Level 75
Oct 28, 2016
I'm American and I missed ten. I'm not into b-ball and know only what I've learned from previous quizzes on this site. All Americans are not experts on every sport played in the US.
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Level 47
Oct 31, 2016
It allows me to enter Celtics and none of the others. Is there an issue?
+5
Level 48
Jan 17, 2019
I suspect it is because you must go in order; were you just entering any team name that came to mind?
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Level 21
Jan 14, 2017
maybe choose a clue more relatable for dove opposites --> taloned bird, and something different for bucks, maybe male deer. Other than that good quiz.
+3
Level 63
Aug 22, 2018
it's a reference to politics. people who prefer peace are "doves." people who think we need war are "hawks." it's really, really old terminology. pretty ubiquitous, if you follow politics at all.
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2019
Ubiquitous if you follow politics in countries where English is spoken, perhaps. I didn't get it, but was glad to be reminded of this metaphor.
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Level ∞
Jul 3, 2019
You have to know the names of the NBA teams for this quiz to make sense.
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Level 39
May 16, 2022
Some, but the clues, they dont
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Level 71
Dec 9, 2019
Maybe change all the clues to the actual names of the teams so I don't have to think or learn something at all? Thanks!
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2017
For a lot of these I thought of a team name and then went looking for a clue that might match it. Took me forever to come up with Cavaliers because I'm so used to abbreviating them as Cavs that I momentarily forgot what it actually stood for.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2018
Dove opposites???

Fun quiz otherwise.

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Level 63
Aug 22, 2018
it's a political reference. "doves" want peace. "hawks" want war. it's been around for a long time.
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Level 46
Aug 6, 2019
Guys. I have a new quiz "NBA All-Decade Team: Best NBA players of the 2010s" for all NBA fans out there. I have many unique quizzes in my profile you gotta try these hard quizzes. Thanks more power jetpunk!. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/342321/nba-top-10-league-leaders-of-the-2010s
+3
Level 39
May 16, 2022
Stop
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2019
A better clue for the bulls could have been chosen. Preferably one that didn't evoke sadism and animal cruelty.
+12
Level 78
Dec 9, 2019
I don't usually like it when people rant about 'snowflakes', but you're pushing it.
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Level 67
Dec 9, 2019
Attending a bull fight was one of the more unsettling experiences of my life...but still. Come on. It's a clue in a quiz, and all it says is "Ole." It's really not worth getting upset over.
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2019
I like how a lot of people think something is a bad clue just because they didn't know the answer.
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Level 25
Apr 8, 2020
u need to put more time
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Level 23
Mar 17, 2021
I thought of the Sacramento Kings at the last second got 5/5 points
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Level 74
Nov 24, 2021
Got spurs with 3 seconds remaing, phew.
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Level 82
Jan 18, 2022
I have to say the Knee Pants clue was my favorite, if only because I spent a good 20 seconds just saying "Knee pants? What the heck are Knee Pants??"
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Level 67
Oct 30, 2022
That was fun, ty.

I'd like another 3 minutes or so. I don't watch NBA, so it was fun for me to guess & try to recall what I've heard through diffusion.

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Level 67
Apr 29, 2023
Facts, I've recently been trying to get into it
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2023
Just missed Spurs