After the first two games of the NBA Finals, a lot of fans and members of the media thought it was over. The Golden State Warriors blew out the Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 at Oracle Arena, making it look easy after their dramatic seven game series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cavs took Game 3, but the Warriors appeared to be in command once again after taking Game 4 in Cleveland. Draymond Green was then suspended for his shot below LeBron James‘ belt, but most onlookers still felt the Dubs would finish the series at home.
They didn’t. Momentum had shifted, and the Cavs blew Golden State out of the water to force a Game 7. We all know how that went.
In becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to blow a three games to one advantage, the Warriors also joined the list of historically great teams in other professional sports who posted the most wins in their respective league histories, only to fall short of winning a championship.
No team with regular-season wins record in any sport – Warriors, 2007 Patriots, 2001 Mariners, 1995-96 Red Wings – capped season with title.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 20, 2016
Additionally, the 1906 Chicago Cubs, who share the record for regular season MLB wins with the ’01 Mariners at 116, also failed to capture the title, losing the World Series to the crosstown White Sox.
Previously, the NBA was the only major sport league in the United States where the regular season wins leader, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, had capped off the season as champions.
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