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Clippers complete the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history

Lou Williams, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers made history on Monday night as they came back from 31 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their playoff series. Remarkably, it is the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history.

Golden State led by as much as 31 points in the game. However, they allowed the Clippers to score 85 points in the second half to pave the way for the turnaround.

Midway through the third quarter of the game, the Dubs went up 94-63 to get their biggest lead. Nonetheless, the Clippers responded with a huge 31-14 run to cut the Warriors’ lead to just 14 heading to the payoff period.

Doc Rivers’ men kept the momentum swinging in their favor. Landry Shamet gave them the lead with just 16.5 second left, 133-131, before Montrezl Harrell helped them pull away for good with a pair of free throws.

Lou Williams led the way for the Clippers with 36 points and 11 assists. Harrell also had a double-double of 25 points and 10 boards to propel the team over the defending champions.

The Warriors are not new to big comebacks. After all, they became the first no.8 seed to upset a no.1 seed in the playoffs back in 2007. Unfortunately, they have also a tendency to blow big leads, just like what happened to them in the 2016 NBA Finals after getting a 3-1 series lead.

While the Clippers’ success is just for one game, it’s undoubtedly important as it could be their springboard to completely shift the momentum. They head to the Staples Center next for Games 3 and 4.