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NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors and Teams with 3-1 Comebacks

Stephen Curry and the 2016 Golden State Warriors are the First to Come Back From 3-1 Down in the Western Conference Finals

Stephen Curry and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors are the First Ever to Come Back From 3-1 Down in the Western Conference Finals

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.

How?

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…

WINNER (SEED) LOSER (SEED) YEAR ROUND GAME 7 SCORE
10. Golden State Warriors (1) Oklahoma City Thunder (3) 2016 Western Finals
96-88
9. Houston Rockets (2) Los Angeles Clippers (3) 2006 Western Semis
113-100
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

Photos: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images, oregonlive.com

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NCAA Tournament 2015: Every School’s Odds to Win Championship

SEED SCHOOL ODDS REGION CONF. FINAL RECORD
1. Kentucky 1-1 MIDWEST SEC 34-0
1. Duke 13-2 SOUTH ACC 29-4
1. Wisconsin 13-2 WEST Big 10 31-3
1. Villanova 8-1 EAST Big East 32-2
2. Arizona 12-1 WEST Pac 12 31-3
2. Virginia 17-1 EAST ACC 29-3
2. Gonzaga 22-1 SOUTH West Coast 32-2
4. North Carolina 25-1 WEST ACC 24-11
3. Iowa State 35-1 SOUTH Big 12 25-8
3. Baylor 40-1 WEST Big 12 24-9
2. Kansas 40-1 MIDWEST Big 12 26-8
3. Notre Dame 50-1 MIDWEST ACC 29-5
5. Utah 55-1 SOUTH Pac 12 24-8
4. Maryland 60-1 MIDWEST Big 10 27-6
7. Michigan State 60-1 EAST Big 10 23-11
3. Oklahoma 60-1 EAST Big 12 22-10
6. SMU 60-1 SOUTH American 27-6
4. Louisville 80-1 EAST ACC 24-8
7. Wichita State 80-1 MIDWEST Missouri Valley 28-4
5. Northern Iowa 90-1 EAST Missouri Valley 30-3
5. West Virginia 90-1 MIDWEST Big 12 23-9
6. Butler 100-1 MIDWEST Big East 22-10
10. Ohio State 100-1 WEST Big 10 23-10
11. Texas 100-1 MIDWEST Big 12 20-13
Field (Any Other Team) 100-1
12. Buffalo 150-1 MIDWEST Mid American 23-9
4. Georgetown 175-1 SOUTH Big East 21-10
9. LSU 175-1 EAST SEC 22-10
6. Xavier 175-1 WEST Big East 21-13
5. Arkansas 200-1 WEST SEC 26-8
7. VCU 200-1 WEST Atlantic 10 26-9
10. Indiana 250-1 MIDWEST Big 10 20-13
7. Iowa 250-1 SOUTH Big 10 21-11
8. NC State 250-1 EAST ACC 20-13
11. Ole Miss 250-1 WEST SEC 20-12
6. Providence 250-1 EAST Big East 22-11
9. St Johns 250-1 SOUTH Big East 21-11
8. Cincinnati 300-1 MIDWEST American 22-10
10. Georgia 300-1 EAST SEC 21-11
14. Georgia State 300-1 WEST Sun Belt 24-9
13. Harvard 300-1 WEST Ivy 22-7
9. Oklahoma State 300-1 WEST Big 12 18-13
8. Oregon 300-1 WEST Pac 12 25-9
8. San Diego State 300-1 SOUTH Mountain West 26-8
13. UC Irvine 300-1 EAST Big West 21-12
11. UCLA 300-1 SOUTH Pac 12 20-13
12. Wofford 300-1 WEST Southern 28-6
12. Wyoming 300-1 EAST Mountain West 25-9
15. Belmont 500-1 EAST Ohio Valley 22-10
11. BYU 500-1 WEST West Coast 25-9
11. Boise State 500-1 EAST Mountain West 25-8
10. Davidson 500-1 SOUTH Atlantic 10 24-7
11. Dayton 500-1 EAST Atlantic 10 25-8
15. New Mexico State 500-1 MIDWEST WAC 23-10
9. Purdue 500-1 MIDWEST Big 10 21-12
12. Stephen F Austin 500-1 SOUTH Southland 29-4
14. Albany 1000-1 EAST American East 24-8
13. Eastern Washington 1000-1 SOUTH Big Sky 26-8
15. North Dakota State 1000-1 SOUTH Summit 23-9
14. Northeastern 1000-1 MIDWEST Colonial 23-11
14. UAB 1000-1 SOUTH C-USA 19-15
13. Valparaiso 1000-1 MIDWEST Horizon 28-5
16. North Florida 2000-1 SOUTH Atlantic Sun 23-11
16. Coastal Carolina 5000-1 WEST Big South 24-9
16. Lafayette 5000-1 EAST Patriot 20-12
16. Manhattan 5000-1 MIDWEST MAAC 19-13
16. Robert Morris 5000-1 SOUTH NEC 19-14
15. Texas Southern 5000-1 WEST SWAC 22-12
16. Hampton 9999-1 MIDWEST MEAC 16-17

The 10 Youngest Drivers to Win the Daytona 500

Or…everybody under 30…

DRIVER AGE DAYTONA 500 WIN BIRTHDATE
1. Trevor Bayne 20 2011 Feb. 19, 1991
2. Joey Logano 24 2015 May 24, 1990
3. Jeff Gordon 25 1997 Aug. 4, 1971
4. Richard Petty 26 1964 Jul. 2, 1937
5. Mario Andretti 26 1967 Feb. 28, 1940
6. Jeff Gordon 27 1999 Aug. 4, 1971
7. Pete Hamilton 27 1970 Jul. 20, 1942
8. Richard Petty 28 1966 Jul. 2, 1937
9. Junior Johnson 28 1960 Jun. 28, 1931
10. Cale Yarborough 28 1968 Mar. 27, 1939
11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 29 2004 Oct. 10, 1974
12. Bill Elliott 29 1985 Oct. 8, 1955

 

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