The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 48 points in Games 1 and 2 – a Finals record.
The series looked over. The biggest question was whether Golden State would sweep or win at home in five.
Cleveland had another idea – the biggest turnaround in playoff history.
You’ve probably heard that the Cavs are the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and that’s a great accomplishment. Here’s another:
Cleveland became the first team to get outscored by so much in the first two games of ANY series and then win it.
The previous record was 46 points by the Rockets, who came back to beat the Suns in the 1995 second round. The previous record in the Finals? Just 24, by the Trail Blazers (vs. 76ers in 1977) and Heat (vs. Mavericks in 2006).
Here’s every time a team got outscored by a combined 20 points in the first two games of a series and then came back to win: