For a historically good team, Warriors are losing historically badly

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When the 62-win Jazz followed a Game 2 loss with a 96-54 setback to the Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals, Utah coach Jerry Sloan offered a blunt assessment:

They ate us alive.”

If that was the case, what should we say about these Warriors?

We’ve never seen anything like Golden State, which won a record 73 games. So, obviously, we’ve never seen a  team so good lose so badly in the playoffs – by a combined 52 points in its last two games.

We’ve also never seen a 67-win team stumble so badly in consecutive postseason games. Or a 65-win team. Or even a 60-win team.

In NBA history, 85 teams have won 60 games in a season or the equivalent with a shorter schedule. None had lost consecutive playoff games by a combined 50 points until the best of the bunch – the 73-9 Warriors – did it Games 3 and 4 of the 2016 Western Conference finals.

Golden State’s 133-105 and 118-94 losses to the Thunder undercut the 1998 Jazz, who lost by a combined 47 in their two games against Chicago.

The next-best team to lose consecutive playoff games by 52 was the 2014 Thunder, who went 59-23 and dropped 122-105 and112-77 contests to the Spurs.

Here’s every team that won at least 60 games or the equivalent with a shorter schedule, sorted by record, with the point margin of its worst two-game stretch in the playoffs:

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Team Worst consecutive playoff games Net PTS
2016 GSW (73-9) OKC 133, GSW 105; OKC 118, GSW 94 -52
1996 CHI (72-10) SEA 107, CHI 86; SEA 89, CHI 78 -32
1997 CHI (69-13) UTA 104, CHI 93; UTA 78, CHI 73 -16
1972 LAL (69-13) LAL 108, MIL 105; MIL 114, LAL 88 -23
1967 PHI (68-13) SFW 117, PHI 109; PHI 125, SFW 122 -5
1973 BOS (68-14) NYK 129, BOS 96; NYK 98, BOS 91 -40
2016 SAS (67-15) OKC 111, SAS 97; OKC 95, SAS 911 -18
2015 GSW (67-15) MEM 97, GSW 90; MEM 99, GSW 89 -17
2007 DAL (67-15) GSW 109, DAL 91; GSW 103, DAL 99 -22
2000 LAL (67-15) LAL 120, IND 118; IND 120, LAL 87 -31
1992 CHI (67-15) CLE 107, CHI 81; CHI 105, CLE 96 -17
1986 BOS (67-15) BOS 106, HOU 103; HOU 111, BOS 96 -12
1947 WSC (49-11) CHS 81, WSC 65; CHS 69, WSC 53 -32
2013 MIA (66-16) SAS 113, MIA 77; MIA 109, SAS 93 -20
2009 CLE (66-16) ORL 99, CLE 89; ORL 116, CLE 114 -12
2008 BOS (66-16) CLE 108, BOS 84; CLE 88, BOS 77 -35
1971 MIL (66-16) MIL 91, LAL 73; LAL 118, MIL 107 7
1950 SYR (51-13) MNL 91, SYR 77; MNL 77, SYR 69 -22
2009 LAL (65-17) LAL 103, DEN 97; DEN 120, LAL 101 -13
1987 LAL (65-17) LAL 107, BOS 106; BOS 123, LAL 108 -14
1983 PHI (65-17) PHI 104, MIL 96; MIL 100, PHI 94 2
1960 BOS (59-16) PHW 128, BOS 107; BOS 119, PHW 117 -19
2006 DET (64-18) MIA 98, DET 83; MIA 89, DET 78 -26
1997 UTA (64-18) HOU 118, UTA 100; HOU 95, UTA 92 -21
1996 SEA (64-18) UTA 98, SEA 95; UTA 98, SEA 95 -6
1965 BOS (62-18) BOS 129, LAL 123; LAL 126, BOS 105 -15
2006 SAS (63-19) DAL 113, SAS 91; DAL 104, SAS 103 -23
1994 SEA (63-19) DEN 110, SEA 93; DEN 94, SEA 85 -26
1991 POR (63-19) LAL 106, POR 92; LAL 116, POR 95 -35
1990 LAL (63-19) PHO 117, LAL 103; PHO 114, LAL 101 -27
1989 DET (63-19) DET 96, MIL 94; MIL 94, DET 88 -4
1985 BOS (63-19) LAL 109, BOS 102; LAL 136, BOS 111 -32
1982 BOS (63-19) PHI 99, BOS 97; PHI 119, BOS 94 -27
1972 MIL (63-19) LAL 115, MIL 90; LAL 104, MIL 100 -29
2012 SAS (50-16) OKC 102, SAS 82; OKC 109, SAS 103 -26
2012 CHI (50-16) PHI 109, CHI 92; PHI 79, CHI 74 -22
2014 SAS (62-20) OKC 106, SAS 97; OKC 105, SAS 92 -22
2011 CHI (62-20) MIA 85, CHI 75; MIA 96, CHI 85 -21
2009 BOS (62-20) ORL 83, BOS 75; ORL 101, BOS 82 -27
2005 PHO (62-20) SAS 111, PHO 108; SAS 102, PHO 92 -13
1998 UTA (62-20) CHI 93, UTA 88; CHI 96, UTA 54 -47
1998 CHI (62-20) IND 107, CHI 105; IND 96, CHI 94 -4
1995 SAS (62-20) HOU 111, SAS 90; HOU 100, SAS 95 -26
1993 PHO (62-20) SAS 111, PHO 96; SAS 117, PHO 103 -29
1988 LAL (62-20) DET 111, LAL 86; DET 104, LAL 94 -35
1986 LAL (62-20) HOU 112, LAL 102; HOU 117, LAL 1092 -18
1985 LAL (62-20) BOS 148, LAL 114; LAL 109, BOS 102 -27
1984 BOS (62-20) BOS 124, LAL 121; LAL 137, BOS 104 -30
1981 BOS (62-20) PHI 110, BOS 100; PHI 107, BOS 105 -12
1981 PHI (62-20) BOS 109, PHI 86; PHI 99, BOS 98 -22
1968 PHI (62-20) BOS 122, PHI 104; BOS 114, PHI 106 -26
1962 BOS (60-20) LAL 129, BOS 122; LAL 117, BOS 115 -9
1950 ROC (51-17) MNL 78, ROC 76; MNL 90, ROC 84 -8
1950 MNL (51-17) MNL 68, SYR 66; SYR 91, MNL 85 -4
1949 ROC (45-15) MNL 80, ROC 79; MNL 67, ROC 55 -13
2011 SAS (61-21) MEM 91, SAS 88; MEM 104, SAS 86 -21
2010 CLE (61-21) BOS 97, CLE 87; BOS 120, CLE 88 -42
2007 PHO (61-21) SAS 88, PHO 85; SAS 114, PHO 106 -11
2004 IND (61-21) DET 83, IND 65; DET 69, IND 65 -22
2002 SAC (61-21) LAL 106, SAC 102; LAL 112, SAC 106 -10
1998 SEA (61-21) LAL 92, SEA 68; LAL 119, SEA 103 -40
1998 LAL (61-21) UTA 112, LAL 77; UTA 99, LAL 95 -39
1997 MIA (61-21) CHI 75, MIA 68; CHI 98, MIA 74 -31
1991 CHI (61-21) CHI 112, PHI 100; PHI 99, CHI 97 10
1980 BOS (61-21) PHI 102, BOS 90; PHI 105, BOS 94 -23
1967 BOS (60-21) BOS 121, PHI 117; PHI 140, BOS 116 -20
1999 UTA (37-13) POR 97, UTA 87; POR 81, UTA 75 -16
1999 SAS (37-13) NYK 89, SAS 81; SAS 96, NYK 89 -1
1964 BOS (59-21) SFW 115, BOS 91; BOS 98, SFW 95 -21
1949 MNL (44-16) WSC 83, MNL 71; WSC 74, MNL 65 -21
2015 ATL (60-22) CLE 114, ATL 111; CLE 118, ATL 88 -33
2013 OKC (60-22) MEM 99, OKC 93; MEM 87, OKC 813 -12
2006 DAL (60-22) MIA 98, DAL 96; MIA 98, DAL 74 -26
2003 DAL (60-22) POR 103, DAL 99; POR 125, DAL 103 -26
2003 SAS (60-22) LAL 110, SAS 95; LAL 99, SAS 95 -19
1996 ORL (60-22) CHI 121, ORL 83; CHI 93, ORL 88 -43
1995 UTA (60-22) HOU 123, UTA 106; HOU 95, UTA 91 -21
1993 NYK (60-22) CHI 103, NYK 83; CHI 105, NYK 95 -30
1981 MIL (60-22) MIL 109, PHI 98; PHI 116, MIL 99 -6
1980 LAL (60-22) LAL 108, PHO 105; PHO 127, LAL 101 -23
1975 BOS (60-22) WSB 100, BOS 95; WSB 117, BOS 92 -30
1975 WSB (60-22) GSW 92, WSB 91; GSW 109, WSB 1014 -9
1973 MIL (60-22) GSW 100, MIL 97; GSW 100, MIL 86 -17
1973 LAL (60-22) CHI 96, LAL 86; CHI 98, LAL 945 -14
1970 NYK (60-22) BAL 127, NYK 113; BAL 102, NYK 92 -24

1. Lost next game, 113-99

2. Lost next game, 103-98

3. Lost the next game, 103-97.

4. Lost the next game, 96-95

5. Also lost to the Knicks, 103-98 and 102-93