Why Epic Comebacks Are Becoming Routine in the NBA

NBA teams are playing faster and raining 3-pointers. Now there’s no such thing as a safe lead.

The Golden State Warriors used a 47-13 run in the third quarter to beat the Sixers on Nov. 18. Photo: bill streicher/Reuters

By Ben Cohen

To understand the way today’s NBA works, it usually helps to study the Golden State Warriors.

Let’s start with a game last month against the Boston Celtics that was closely scrutinized around the league as a potential Finals preview. Golden State took a 17-point lead in the second half. Boston won by ripping off 19 straight points in response.

The exact opposite happened the next time the Warriors took the court. Philadelphia was up 24 points. Golden State roared back with a 47-13 run in what turned out to be the best third quarter in NBA history.

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