The Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 31-point third-quarter deficit against the defending champions in Oakland on Monday night for the largest comeback in NBA playoff history.
Lou Williams scored 36 points and Landry Shamet gave the visiting Clippers the lead on a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds left to lift Los Angeles past the Warriors 135-131 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The Clippers' win evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
The Clippers trailed Golden State 94-63 midway through the second quarter but outscored the Warriors 72-37 the rest of the way, including 41-23 in the fourth quarter. Steph Curry missed a 3-pointer with just under 10 seconds to play, and Montrezl Harrell made a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal L.A's comeback win.
The previous largest comeback in playoff history was 29 points by the Los Angeles Lakers over the Seattle Supersonics in 1989. The Clippers now have two of the three biggest comebacks in playoff history, as their 27-point rally against the Memphis Grizzles in 2012 is now the third-biggest postseason comeback of all-time. The Clippers won that series in seven games.
The Clippers scored 85 points in the second half of Monday's game, the second most in the second half of a playoff game in NBA history behind 87 points scored by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1978.
Game 3 between the Clippers and Warriors is scheduled for Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The Clippers’ comeback win was UNBELIEVABLE 👏— ESPN (@espn) April 16, 2019
🔹 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