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Thunder Have The Record Breaking Warriors In Trouble

May 23, 2016

Two great players, Kevin Durant (33) and Russell Westbrook (30) combined for 63 points last night as the 56 win Oklahoma City Thunder routed the 73 win, record breaking Golden State Warriors in game 3 at Oklahoma City and now have a 2 games to 1 semi-final series lead.

None of the three season record breaking teams I recall and I doubt any in NBA history were ever down 2 games to 1 in any playoffs series in the year they broke the NBA record for wins in a season which the Warriors did this season.

The team whose record the Warriors surpassed the Chicago Bulls 20 years ago in 1995-1996, swept its best of three prelim, led (2-1) en route to a 5 game “quarterfinal series triumph and built (3-0) series leads en route to semi-finals and final series victories.

Both Wilt Chamberlain record breaking teams, the 1966-1967 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers lost opening games in that season’s playoffs as the Warriors also did in this current struggle vs surging “OKC”

However, neither trailed (2-1) or at any point after game 1. Being totally accurate, the Sixers as with these Warriors, needed to win at least 3 of the 4 possible remaining games after losing their best of 5 quarterfinal series opener vs the Cincinnati Royals.

Game 4 of the Warriors/Thunder “semi” is in Oklahoma City tomorrow night. Last year the Warriors trailed 2 games to 1 in both their quarterfinal and finals series before winning the next three games both times. Maybe they can still get away with it in this series, even win three straight but I would not count on it.

 

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Russell Westbrook pictured above.

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