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NBA Playoff History Of Teams Being Down 3-0 And Forcing Game 7

nba-playoffs-wallpaperThere have been three teams in NBA history that have come back to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0. With this scenario now possibly at stake after the Houston Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as the Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks tonight, let’s take a look back at the teams that were able to accomplish this amazing feat.

1951 NBA Finals: New York Knicks vs. Rochester Royals

The Knicks went down 3-0 against the Rochester Royals in the NBA Finals, losing a the first three games by a combined 49 points before turning it around and winning three straight themselves before losing a close Game 7 for the NBA Championship.

Game 1: New York Knicks 65 – Rochester Royals 92
Game 2: New York Knicks 84 – Rochester Royals 99
Game 3: New York Knicks 71 – Rochester Royals 78
Game 4: New York Knicks 79 – Rochester Royals 73
Game 5: New York Knicks 92 – Rochester Royals 89
Game 6: New York Knicks 80 – Rochester Royals 73
Game 7: New York Knicks 75 – Rochester Royals 79

1994 Western Conference Semi-Finals: Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz

The Nuggets faced off against the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Semifinals when they went down 3-0 before losing in Game 7 against the Jazz on the road.

Game 1: Denver Nuggets 91 – Utah Jazz 100
Game 2: Denver Nuggets 94 – Utah Jazz 104
Game 3: Denver Nuggets 109 – Utah Jazz 111
Game 4: Denver Nuggets 83  - Utah Jazz 82
Game 5: Denver Nuggets 109 – Utah Jazz 101
Game 6: Denver Nuggets 94 – Utah Jazz 91
Game 7: Denver Nuggets 81 – Utah Jazz 91

2003 Western Conference Quarter-Finals: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Portland Trail Blazers went against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs back in 2003. Like the other two teams above, they fell down 0-3 before winning three consecutive games just to fall in Game 7. Here’s the game-by-game breakdown.

Game 1: Portland Trail Blazers 86 - Dallas Mavericks  96
Game 2: Portland Trail Blazers 99 - Dallas Mavericks  103
Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers 103 - Dallas Mavericks  115
Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers 98 - Dallas Mavericks  79
Game 5: Portland Trail Blazers 103 - Dallas Mavericks  99
Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers 125 - Dallas Mavericks  103
Game 7: Portland Trail Blazers 95 - Dallas Mavericks  107

Let’s see whether or not the Celtics or Rockets can make history by first off forcing a Game 7 with a win Friday, and then winning the series.

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