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The top-seeded Warriors began the postseason as overwhelming favorites to beat the Los Angeles Clippers and cruise to the NBA Finals yet again, but the three-time champions may be in trouble after surrendering a 31-point lead on Monday to lose Game 2.
The Warriors dominated the Clippers at home in the first half, but bench scorer Lou Williams and big man Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles to a record comeback. The Warriors preparing for the rest of the series without DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered a leg injury in the first quarter and is expected to be out.
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DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pelicans 112-103 on Tuesday night in a game that saw guard Stephen Curry leave with a mild foot sprain.The Warriors announced that Curry, who played the first nine minutes of the game, was held out the rest of the night as a precaution. Golden State, which already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference, also played without several other prominent players, including forward Kevin Durant, who was listed out with an illness, and guard Klay Thompson, who was given an opportunity to rest his sore right knee.
Here are five amazing stats from the Warriors' collapse:
1. The Clippers pulled off the largest comeback in the history of the NBA playoffs
The record was previously held by the Los Angeles Lakers, who trailed the Seattle Supersonics by 29 points in the first half but came back to win in 1989. The Jazz hold the record for the largest regular-season comeback at 36 points.
2. The Warriors allowed 85 points in the second half.
The @LAClippers completed a 31-point comeback against the Warriors thanks to an 85-point second half.
Their 85 points are the 2nd most in the second half of a playoff game in NBA history behind Milwaukee's 87 points in Game 3 of the 1978 West Semifinals. #ClipperNation
- Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) April 16, 2019
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The Warriors have won the last two NBA championships and have a chance to make it three straight in 2019. If they do so, they'll become the fourth franchise in NBA history to accomplish the feat. Los Angeles did it once in Minneapolis, MN, before doing it again after moving to California. Boston won an unmatchable eight straight during its prime years in the early 60's. Lastly, the Bulls were able to three-peat twice under the leadership of the legendary Michael Jordan. Golden State has been dominant in recent memory, but a loss this year could keep its current group from ascending to the pinnacle of basketball.
3. Lou Williams was unstoppable
@TeamLou23 scores 12 fourth-quarter PTS to help power the @LAClippers 135-131 road victory over GSW! #NBAPlayoffs#ClipperNationpic.twitter.com/I4PbwvOfdK
- NBA (@NBA) April 16, 2019
Lou Williams set a new franchise record with 36 points off the bench. Williams finished the game with 36 points, 11 assists, two rebounds and two steals.
4. The Warriors blew a 99.99% chance to win the game
The Warriors led 94-63 with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter. At the time, the Clippers' win probability was just .01 percent, according to ESPN.
Even after the Clippers went on a massive run to cut the deficit, the Warriors still had a 99.5 percent chance to win the game with just under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles then went on a 17-3 run to pull within two points with five minutes left.
5. Six of the last seven teams to surrender a 20-point lead at home in the playoffs have gone on to lose the series.
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- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 16, 2019
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