The Warriors got clipped in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs Monday, but they weren't the first team this season to blow a big lead against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers were 9-24 when trailing by 15 points or more during the regular season. That's the winning percentage of a lottery team under normal circumstances, but those nine comeback wins were the most among NBA teams this season. LA also came back from 20-points (or more) down three times on a seven-game road trip in Feburary, but Golden State's 131-125 loss on Monday was historic ... for the wrong reasons.
Golden State's blown 31-point lead Monday was the largest in the history of the NBA playoffs.
The Clippers' comeback win was UNBELIEVABLE 👏
🔹 Down 31 points with 7:31 left in the 3rd
🔹 0.01% win probability in the 3rd
🔹 72-37 run to close out the game
🔹 Largest comeback in NBA playoff history pic.twitter.com/LLbjYlmHOV— ESPN (@espn) April 16, 2019
Of course, Warriors fans have seen those digits before, but have probably buried them deep in the recesses of their memory after the 2016 NBA Finals.
31 POINT LEAD
IT'S HAPPENINGGGGGGGGGGG— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 16, 2019
To add injury to insult, the Warriors lost big man DeMarcus Cousins in the first quarter with what the team reportedly fears is a season-ending torn quad. The nature of the Clippers' comeback will go down in history, but Cousins' injury could end up feeling like a much bigger loss.