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Few NBA teams have made comebacks from 3-1 deficits

The last team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA playoffs was Golden State in last month’s Western Conference finals.
The last team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA playoffs was Golden State in last month’s Western Conference finals.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/File

Only 10 teams in NBA history have come back from 3-1 playoff series deficits to win the series.

It’s never happened in the NBA Finals.

The last time it happened: the Western Conference finals last month, when Golden State edged Oklahoma City.

The teams that have won a best-of-7 playoff series after being down 3-1:

* Boston beats Philadelphia, 1968 Eastern Division final-x

Los Angeles beats Phoenix, 1970 Western Division final

Washington beats San Antonio, 1979 Eastern Conference final

* Boston beats Philadelphia, 1981 Eastern Conference final-x

* Houston beats Phoenix, 1995 Western Conference semifinals

Miami beats New York, 1997 Eastern Conference semifinals

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Detroit beats Orlando, 2003 Eastern Conference quarterfinals

Phoenix beats the Los Angeles Lakers, 2006 Western Conference first round

Houston beats the Los Angeles Clippers, 2015 Western Conference semifinals

Golden State beats Oklahoma City Thunder, 2016 Western Conference finals

* — won championship