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Clippers, Rockets Comebacks Among Most Improbable In NBA Playoffs History (VIDEO)

AP  |  By Posted: 04/30/2012 12:59 am

With the 2012 NBA Playoffs just barely out of the gate for Round 1, the postseason already seems to be shaping up to be chock-full of bedlam and comeback glory after the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from 27 points down to steal Game 1 from the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The Clippers were able to cut the lead down to 85-64 after three quarters. And with a barrage of 3-pointers and stout defense, Los Angeles managed to snatch the victory and come out on top with a crucial win on the road.

Of course, this isn't the first time that the playoffs have showcased an incredible comeback story. Driven by truculence and fervor, the NBA Playoffs have been home to some incredible fourth-quarter upsets in its 65 years of postseason history.

Below are some moments from the best NBA Playoff comebacks of all time. With so much action in the first round, who knows what Cinderella stories await us next?

All captions via Associated Press.

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  • 2012 First Round Game 1: L.A. Clippers 99, Memphis 98

    Chris Paul hit a pair of free throws with 23.7 seconds left, and the Los Angeles rallied from 27 down, to beat Memphis. Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers in the midst of the Clippers' 26-1 run in the fourth quarter. The Clippers, trailing 85-64 after three quarters, matched the biggest fourth quarter playoff comeback in NBA Playoffs history.

  • 2002 Eastern Conference Finals Game 3: Boston 94, New Jersey 90

    Boston overcame a 21-point New Jersey lead to start the fourth, outscoring the Nets 41-16 in the final period. Paul Pierce scored 19 points in the final period that led the biggest fourth quarter playoff comeback in NBA Playoffs history.

  • 2011 First Round Game 4: Portland 84, Dallas 82

    Portland rallied from 23 points down in the second half, including an 18-point deficit to start the fourth quarter to defeat the Mavericks. Portland's Brandon Roy, scored 18 in the fourth quarter, including a 4-point play and the go ahead jumper with 39 seconds left. Roy outscored Dallas 18-15 in the quarter.

  • 1989 Western Conference Semifinals Game 4: L.A. Lakers 97, Seattle 95

    James Worthy scored 12 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 29-point first-half deficit to sweep their Western Conference semifinal series, four games to none. The Lakers scored only 12 points in the first quarter, were behind by 29 points twice early in the second quarter.

  • 1995 NBA Finals Game 1: Houston 120, Orlando 118 In OT

    Houston trailed by 20 points in the first half and were led back by Kenny Smith, whose Finals record seventh three pointer sent the game into overtime. Hakeem Olajuwon's tip-in with .3 seconds left that won it for Houston. Orlando's Nick Anderson's missed four free throws in the final minute that allowed Houston to stay in the game.

  • 1986 First Round Game 1: Washington 95, Philadelphia 94

    Washington ended the game on a 18-0 run in the last 3:17 and won the game on a banked Dudley Bradley three at the horn.


Honorable Mentions: (Text Via AP)
1994 Western Conference Semifinals Game 2
Phoenix 124 Houston 117, OT

The Suns trailed by 18 in Houston to start the fourth quarter and were down 104-84 with 10 minutes left. Phoenix held the Rockets to eight points in the quarter and Danny Ainge hit a three to tie the game at 108 to send the game into overtime.


1948 NBA Finals Game 2
Baltimore 66, Philadelphia 63

Baltimore overcame a 21-point halftime deficit and defeated the host Philadelphia Warriors.

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