63-point swing between games largest in NBA Finals history

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  • Game 2: Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77
  • Game 3: Cavaliers 120, Warriors 90

What the heck?

“It’s the NBA,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s just how it is.”

Not at this level, it’s not.

The 63-point swing – from the Warriors’ 33-point win to the Cavs’ 30-point win – is the largest in NBA Finals history. The previous record was Game 2 to Game 3 of the 2013 Finals, when a 113-77 Spurs win followed a 103-84 Heat win.

These last two games had the fourth-largest swing in any playoff series. In the 2008 first round, the Cleveland beat the Wizards 116-86 then Washington won 108-72.

Here’s every set of playoff games in NBA history that featured a swing of at least 50 – first-game score on the left, second-game score on the right and the swing in the middle:

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Games Scores Swing
2008 first round Game 2 to 3 CLE 116, WAS 86; WAS 108, CLE 72 66
1958 div. finals Game 3 to 4 DET 109, STL 89; STL 145, DET 101 64
1973 conf. finals Game 3 to 4 LAL 126, GSW 70; GSW 117, LAL 109 64
2016 Finals Game 2 to 3 GSW 110, CLE 77; CLE 120, GSW 90 63
2009 first round Game 3 to 4 NOH 95, DEN 93; DEN 121, NOH 63 60
2015 first round Game 5 to 6 MIL 94, CHI 88; CHI 120, MIL 66 60
1956 div. semis Game 1 to 2 STL 116, MNL 115; MNL 133, STL 75 59
1956 div. semis Game 2 to 3 MNL 133, STL 75; STL 116, MNL 115 59
1973 conf. finals Game 1 to 2 BOS 134, NYK 108; NYK 129, BOS 96 59
2005 first round Game 6 to 7 HOU 101, DAL 83; DAL 116, HOU 76 58
1995 conf. semis Game 2 to 3 PHO 118, HOU 94; HOU 118, PHO 85 57
1965 div. semis Game 2 to 3 STL 129, BAL 105; BAL 131, STL 99 56
2009 conf. semis Game 5 to 6 LAL 118, HOU 78; HOU 95, LAL 80 55
2013 Finals Game 2 to 3 MIA 103, SAS 84; SAS 113, MIA 77 55
2016 conf. finals Game 2 to 3 GSW 118, OKC 91; OKC 133, GSW 105 55
1982 conf. finals Game 4 to 5 PHI 119, BOS 94; BOS 114, PHI 85 54
1995 first round Game 1 to 2 ORL 124, BOS 77; BOS 99, ORL 92 54
2005 first round Game 3 to 4 IND 99, BOS 76; BOS 110, IND 79 54
2015 conf. semis Game 4 to 5 LAC 128, HOU 95; HOU 124, LAC 103 54
1964 div. finals Game 5 to 6 SFW 121, STL 97; STL 123, SFW 95 52
1971 conf. semis Game 4 to 5 SFW 106, MIL 104; MIL 136, SFW 86 52
2009 conf. semis Game 4 to 5 HOU 99, LAL 87; LAL 118, HOU 78 52
2013 Finals Game 3 to 4 SAS 113, MIA 77; MIA 109, SAS 93 52
1972 conf. finals Game 4 to 5 MIL 114, LAL 88; LAL 115, MIL 90 51
1980 conf. semis Game 4 to 5 PHO 127, LAL 101; LAL 126, PHO 101 51
1995 conf. finals Game 6 to 7 IND 123, ORL 96; ORL 105, IND 81 51
1997 first round Game 2 to 3 SEA 122, PHO 78; PHO 110, SEA 103 51
1983 conf. semis Game 4 to 5 DEN 124, SAS 114; SAS 145, DEN 105 50