At one point in the ballgame, the Toronto Raptors were leading the Golden State Warriors by 27 points. This was in the third quarter! So how the hell did the Warriors come away with one of the biggest comeback wins of the season thus far? The Dubs pulled it out and won the ballgame 112-103.
To open the game, the Raptors scorched the Warriors. First you could look up at the scoreboard and see the Dubs down by 5, then 10, then 15. In a terrible quarter for the Warriors, they couldn’t find any offensive links or any lifelines and they found themselves digging a huge hole. As this was happening, they realized it was happening, but continually failed to stop the bleeding. In what seemed like a horrible quarter already, Kyle Lowry drilled a buzzer beating 3-point shot to close a perfect quarter – for the Raptors, who lead 36-19.
The Warriors’ offensive life began to awaken a bit in the second quarter, but unfortunately, were still playing lousy defense. The Raptors evened them with points at 29. The Dubs seemed to be back in the game until Toronto closed the quarter on a run and entered halftime with all the momentum after a couple of great plays.
At halftime, according to Klay Thompson in a post-game interview, Jermaine O’Neal stepped up to give his team a speech. Apparently, he told them that if they were going to prove themselves as a great basketball team, they would come out fighting and win this ballgame. This is precisely what the Warriors did. The third quarter was off to a rough start, but the Warriors still managed to pull out, only being outscored by 1.
Instead of having a great first half like the Dubs usually did, they decided to light it up in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, the ever so renowned Splash Brothers went berserk in the fourth and drilled 3-point shots from all over the place. Think he’s going to miss this time? You’re wrong! Play after play, Curry and Thompson continued to strike the long ball, which got the Warriors out of the hole.
The intensity of Draymond Green defensively and a huge 3-pointer from Harrison Barnes at the 47 second mark seal the Warriors’ victory. In an unbelievable comeback, the Warriors went 8-for-11 on 3-pointers in the fourth, and outscored their opponents 42-15 to give them the nine-point victory. That’s improbable, isn’t it?
The 27-point comeback tied for the seventh-biggest comeback in NBA history and is the third time it’s been done this calendar year. The Atlanta Hawks came back from 27 down to beat the Boston Celtics on Jan. 26 and the Miami Heat overcame the same deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 20.
The NBA record is the 36-point deficit the Utah Jazz overcame to beat the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 27, 1996.
The Warriors needed some good fortune, as they need head to the road where they will face foes such ash the new-look Houston Rockets, and the Memphis Grizzlies, who always seem to get the best of the Warriors.