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How many times have the Warriors come back from a 3-1 in the NBA playoffs?

It’s impressive to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the high-pressure NBA playoffs. Have the reigning champions ever accomplished this feat?

Curry y Westbrook.
Mark D. SmithUSA Today Sports

Returning from a 3-1 deficit is a remarkable achievement in the high-stakes world of NBA playoffs. With 277 cases of teams falling into a 3-1 series hole in NBA history, only 13 of them have managed to rally back and win the series, accounting for a mere 4.7% success rate.

Unfortunately for the Golden State Warriors, they found themselves in this situation as they headed into Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of this year’s playoffs. The Lakers only need one more victory to secure their spot in the Western Conference finals, putting the odds firmly against the Warriors.

The current position is not unfamiliar to fans of the “Dub Nation” as they faced a similar scenario in 2016 while playing against OKC.

2016 Golden State Warriors vs. OKC Thunder

During the NBA Western Conference finals in 2016, the Golden State Warriors encountered a situation akin to the recent one they faced against the Lakers. They were behind 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder and required three consecutive victories to keep their championship aspirations alive.

The Warriors made a comeback after facing a tied game in the third quarter. With a stunning 8-point burst in the fourth quarter and an impressive 12 points from Curry in the final quarter, the team survived and secured a 120-111 victory.


In the series’ return to Oklahoma City, the Thunder seemed to have the upper hand, leading by 13 points in the second quarter and maintaining an eight-point lead heading into the fourth. However, Klay Thompson’s impressive performance in the final quarter, scoring 19 out of his 41 points and landing five three-pointers, along with Curry’s contribution of eight out of his 31 points, helped the Warriors make a comeback and win Game 6, 108-101, leading to a Game 7.

In the exciting Game 7 at Oracle Arena, the Thunder held the lead for most of the first half, reaching a 12-point lead in the second. However, the Warriors made a remarkable comeback in the third quarter, taking an 11-point lead into the fourth. Despite Oklahoma City’s efforts to catch up in the final quarter, Curry led the Warriors with eight points and secured a 96-88 victory.

In the NBA Finals, the Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James. The series was highly anticipated, as the Cavaliers had defeated the Warriors in the previous year’s NBA Finals. Despite jumping out to a 3-1 series lead, the Warriors could not close out the series, as the Cavaliers replicated their feat against the OKC and won three straight games to win the championship.