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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

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The NBA’s Current Team Mascots (Part 1 of 2)

The Charlotte Bobcats Mascot Rufus Lynx Has Been Replaced By Hugo T. Hornet. Also Pictured (Clockwise): The Raptor, G. Man, Harry The Hawk And Bango The Buck.

The Charlotte Bobcats Mascot Rufus Lynx Has Been Replaced By Hugo T. Hornet. Also Pictured (Clockwise): The Raptor, G. Man, Harry The Hawk And Bango The Buck.

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).

Let’s go alphabetical. Today, it’s the mascots of the Atlanta Hawks through the Memphis Grizzlies. Tomorrow, it’s the Miami Heat to the Washington Wizards.

Click on the pics below for the full size photos.

Atlanta Hawks: Harry the Hawk

Atlanta Hawks Mascot Harry The Hawk

Boston Celtics: Lucky the Leprechaun

Boston Celtics Mascot Lucky The Leprechaun

Brooklyn Nets: None

Charlotte Hornets: Hugo T. Hornet

Charlott Hornets Mascot Hugo T. Hornet

Chicago Bulls: Benny the Bull

Chicago Bulls Mascot Benny The Bull

Cleveland Cavaliers (1 of 2): Moon Dog

Cleveland Cavaliers Mascot Moondog

Cleveland Cavaliers (2 of 2): Sir CC

Cleveland Cavaliers Mascot Sir CC

Dallas Mavericks (1 of 2): Champ

Dallas Mavericks Mascot Champ

Dallas Mavericks (2 of 2): Mavs Man

Dallas Mavericks Mascot Mavs Man

Denver Nuggets: Rocky the Mountain Lion

Denver Nuggets Mascot Rocky The Mountain Lion

Detroit Pistons: Hooper

Detroit Pistons Mascot Hooper

Golden State Warriors: None

Houston Rockets: Clutch the Bear

Houston Rockets Mascot Clutch The Bear

Indiana Pacers: Boomer the Panther

Indiana Pacers Mascot Boomer The Panther

Los Angeles Clippers: None

Los Angeles Lakers: None (or Jack Nicholson, Unofficial)

Los Angeles Lakers Unofficial Mascot Jack Nicholson

Memphis Grizzlies: Grizz

Memphis Grizzlies Mascot Grizz

Part 2: tomorrow!

Need more mascots? Sports List of the Day has covered these, too:

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 1 of 2

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 2 of 2

Winter Olympics Mascots 1968-2014

Summer Olympics Mascots 1972-2012

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Houston Rockets Tie Record: Top 20 Teams with the Most Three-Pointers in a Game

The Houston Rockets Tie the NBA Record with 23 Three-Pointers in a Game (l-r. James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin)

The Houston Rockets Tie the NBA Record with 23 Three-Pointers in a Game (l-r. James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin)

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.

The New York Knicks feature the most times – six! – followed by the Phoenix Suns with five.

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?

3P TEAM OPP DATE RESULT
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

Thanks to basketball-reference.com‘s play index, where I asked this, and where you can check out the box scores of every one of these games.

Photo: blog.chron.com

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