It’s been a while since Sports List of the Day has hit the presses but the 2016 Golden State Warriors and Western Conference Finals have re-inspired some old writing and statistical passions.
Well, the Warriors just became only the 10th team in NBA postseason history to come back from a 3-1 deficit (and the first ever in the Western Conference Finals, in fact – now how about that). It has happened three times in the Eastern Conference Finals, but still never in the NBA Finals.
And just to note, no NBA team has ever come back from three down (3-0) to win four straight. It’s happened in other sports, though.
Back in 2013, when Sports List of the Day first took a look at 3-1 NBA postseason comebacks, only eight teams had achieved the feat. Since then, the 2015 Houston Rockets and this season’s Warriors have joined the list.
Let’s take another look at all 10 comebacks, and add a dose of statistical fruit to feed your head…Follow @VinGetz
|WINNER (SEED)||LOSER (SEED)||YEAR||ROUND||GAME 7 SCORE|
|10.||Golden State Warriors (1)||Oklahoma City Thunder (3)||2016||Western Finals
|9.||Houston Rockets (2)||Los Angeles Clippers (3)||2006||Western Semis
|8.||Phoenix Suns (2)||Los Angeles Lakers (7)||2006||Eastern Round 1||121-90|
|7.||Detroit Pistons (1)||Orlando Magic (8)||2003||Eastern Round 1||108-93|
|6.||Miami Heat (2)||New York Knicks (3)||1997||Eastern Semis||101-90|
|5.||Houston Rockets (6)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1995||Western Semis||115-114*|
|4.||Boston Celtics (1)||Philadelphia 76ers (2)||1981||Eastern Finals||91-90|
|3.||Washington Bullets (1)||San Antonio Spurs (2)||1979||Eastern Finals||107-105|
|2.||Los Angeles Lakers (2)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1970||Western Semis||129-94|
|1.||Boston Celtics (2)||Philadelphia 76ers (1)||1968||Eastern Finals||100-96*|
* Underdog (by seeding) and so won Game 7 on the road: the 1968 Boston Celtics and 1995 Houston Rockets
There have now been
With the 2014-15 NBA season upon us, let’s get going on some basketball posts, and let’s start with two fun, colorful ones. Sure it’s not our usual statistical hashing, but mascot posts are pretty popular. So, give the people what they want.
And it’s something to know, too.
Out of 30 teams, only six do not have a mascot (not including Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee, ha).
Click on the pics below for the full size photos.Follow @VinGetz
Atlanta Hawks: Harry the Hawk
Boston Celtics: Lucky the Leprechaun
Brooklyn Nets: None
Charlotte Hornets: Hugo T. Hornet
Chicago Bulls: Benny the Bull
Cleveland Cavaliers (1 of 2): Moon Dog
Cleveland Cavaliers (2 of 2): Sir CC
Dallas Mavericks (1 of 2): Champ
Dallas Mavericks (2 of 2): Mavs Man
Denver Nuggets: Rocky the Mountain Lion
Detroit Pistons: Hooper
Golden State Warriors: None
Houston Rockets: Clutch the Bear
Indiana Pacers: Boomer the Panther
Los Angeles Clippers: None
Los Angeles Lakers: None (or Jack Nicholson, Unofficial)
Memphis Grizzlies: Grizz
Part 2: tomorrow!
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Jeremy Lin (5), James Harden (4) and Chandler Parsons (4) combined for 13 three-pointers tonight, and the Houston Rockets tied the all-time record for three-pointers made in a game as they beat the Golden State Warriors 140-109.
The Rockets had 23 treys, tying the Orlando Magic of 2009, who did it on the road (A).
Forty-one teams in NBA history sunk 17 three-pointers in a game. Then, the field really shrinks. Only 18 teams dropped 18 three-pointers. Then, you have today’s list – the top 20 teams with the most three-pointers in a game – or every team with at least 19 of them.
Have you noticed the increasing importance of the 3P in the NBA over the past decade, or at least the reckless abandon with which many teams are embracing the long-distance shot?
A full 22 of the 23 teams listed below made their mark post-2005, which is borderline shocking. And five are from this season, barely past its halfway point. What happened to the 1980s and 1990s?Follow @VinGetz
|1.||23||Houston Rockets||Golden State Warriors||Feb. 5, 2013||W 140-109|
|1.||23||Orlando Magic (A)||Sacramento Kings||Jan. 13, 2009||W 139-107|
|3.||22||Phoenix Suns (A)||Los Angeles Lakers||Nov. 14, 2010||W 121-116|
|4.||21||Toronto Raptors||Philadelphia 76ers||Mar. 13, 2005||W 128-110|
|4.||21||Golden State Warriors||Orlando Magic||Mar. 11, 2011||W 123-120 (OT)|
|6.||20||Phoenix Suns||N.O./Oklahoma City Hornets||Apr. 17, 2006||W 115-78|
|6.||20||Phoenix Suns||Denver Nuggets||Jan. 7, 2008||W 137-115|
|6.||20||New York Knicks||Memphis Grizzlies||Mar. 17, 2011||W 120-99|
|6.||20||New Jersey Nets (A)||Denver Nuggets||Jan. 11, 2012||L 115-123|
|6.||20||San Antonio Spurs||Dallas Mavericks||Dec. 23, 2012||W 129-91|
|11.||19||Atlanta Hawks (A)||Dallas Mavericks||Dec. 17, 1996||W 109-73|
|11.||19||Phoenix Suns (A)||Los Angeles Lakers||Apr. 11, 2005||W 108-97|
|11.||19||Los Angeles Lakers||Washington Wizards||Dec. 17, 2006||L 141-147 (OT)|
|11.||19||Phoenix Suns||Charlotte Bobcats||Mar. 7, 2007||W 115-106 (OT)|
|11.||19||Miami Heat (A)||Washington Wizards||Apr. 4, 2008||L 95-109|
|11.||19||New York Knicks (A)||Memphis Grizzlies||Nov. 12, 2008||W 132-103|
|11.||19||Orlando Magic (A)||Cleveland Cavaliers||Dec. 28, 2010||W 110-95|
|11.||19||Denver Nuggets||Minnesota Timberwolves||Apr. 9, 2011||W 130-106|
|11.||19||New York Knicks||Portland Trail Blazers||Mar. 14, 2012||W 121-79|
|11.||19||New York Knicks||Boston Celtics||Apr. 17, 2012||W 118-110|
|11.||19||New York Knicks||Miami Heat||Nov. 2, 2012||W 104-84|
|11.||19||San Antonio Spurs (A)||Charlotte Bobcats||Dec. 8, 2012||W 132-102|
|11.||19||New York Knicks||Sacramento Kings||Feb. 2, 2013||W 120-81|