NBA Teams That Have Come Back from 3-1 to Win a Playoff Series
Only eight teams in NBA Playoff history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win their series. It has never happened in the NBA Finals or Western Conference Finals.
Three times, though, a team has done this – the ultimate in NBA postseason comebacks, as no team has ever come back from 3-0 (see here) – in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In 2013, the Brooklyn Nets had a shot at becoming the ninth team, but fell to the undermanned and underdog Chicago Bulls in Round 1. The Oklahoma City Thunder are now down 3-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Semis and the Bulls are themselves now down 3-1 to the Miami Heat i the Eastern Semis. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are looking to avoid a 3-1 deficit. They are down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers.
Of the eight teams to come back from 3-1, only two were underdogs according to seeding, and so won that seventh game on the road (noted with an asterisk).
The 1967-68 Boston Celtics is the other team to win that Game 7 on the road. They went on to win their 10th title in 12 years.
The 1980-81 Boston Celtics are the third (and last) team on the list below that went on the win the NBA Finals.
The 1996-97 New York Knicks should have won their Semifinals series against the Miami Heat, but a melee in Game 5 led to five staggered suspensions for New York in Games 6 and 7. For the full story, check out the 15 Biggest Disappointments in NY Knicks History.Follow @VinGetz
|WINNER (SEED)||LOSER (SEED)||YEAR||ROUND||GAME 7 SCORE|
|1.||Phoenix Suns (2)||Los Angeles Lakers (7)||2006||Eastern 1||121-90|
|2.||Detroit Pistons (1)||Orlando Magic (8)||2003||Eastern 1||108-93|
|3.||Miami Heat (2)||New York Knicks (3)||1997||Eastern Semis||101-90|
|4.||Houston Rockets (6)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1995||Western Semis||115-114*|
|5.||Boston Celtics (1)||Philadelphia 76ers (2)||1981||Eastern Finals||91-90|
|6.||Washington Bullets (1)||San Antonio Spurs (2)||1979||Eastern Finals||107-105|
|7.||Los Angeles Lakers (2)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1970||Western Semis||129-94|
|8.||Boston Celtics (2)||Philadelphia 76ers (1)||1968||Eastern Finals||100-96*|
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