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7 Most Amazing Comebacks of the 2012 NBA Playoffs

Greg SwartzCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterJune 7, 2012

7 Most Amazing Comebacks of the 2012 NBA Playoffs

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    The 2012 NBA playoffs have been nothing short of amazing thus far, with several matchups going six and even seven games.

    While there have been numerous lopsided and blowout affairs, sometimes teams can get too relaxed while playing with a big lead. 

    While this spells bad news for them, it provides for a great comeback story and often times a remarkable highlight reel.

    Here are the best team comebacks from the 2012 NBA playoffs.

7. Spurs Get "Nasty," Pull off 4th-Quarter Comeback Against Thunder

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    The Deficit Overcome: 9 points entering 4th quarter

    Teams Involved: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    Round/Game: Western Conference finals Game 1 

     

    The Spurs and Thunder began their Western Conference finals series with a lot of questions.

    Was OKC ready to move past San Antonio's veterans for conference supremacy? How would Russell Westbrook match up with Tony Parker? Would the Spurs finally lose a game in the playoffs?

    Game 1 answered several questions, as the game was neck-and-neck for much of the first three quarters. The Thunder finally built a solid nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter until running into the ultimate buzzsaw—a Gregg Popovich speech.

    Popovich pleaded for some "nasty" from his team, and they responded.

    Manu Ginobili had 11 fourth-quarter points and the Spurs went on an 18-3 run, beating the Thunder 101-98.

6. Heat Storm Back Against Pacers, Never Look Back

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    The Deficit Overcome: 2-1 series, 10 point deficit

    Teams Involved: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

    Round/Game: Eastern Conference semifinals Game 4

     

    The Pacers had played the Heat tough, really tough for the first three games of the series, coming out with a two games to one advantage.

    Winning Game 2 in Miami was a huge boost to the underdog Pacers, as they also went on to win Game 3 in Indiana and looked to have all the momentum in the series with the next game also coming at home.

    The Pacers got off to a hot start and were looking to take a 3-1 series advantage, but the Heat had other ideas.

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 70 points in a 101-93 win that tied the series at two games apiece, and the momentum from Game 4 led to two more victories and a series win for Miami.

5. Lakers Get Thunderstruck

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    The Deficit Overcome: 7 points in under 2 minutes

    Teams Involved: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers

    Round/Game: Western Conference semifinals Game 2

     

    The Lakers-Thunder second-round series looked to be a good one, as Kobe and his five championship rings looked to hold off a young but talented OKC team.

    With the Thunder up 1-0 in the series, and Game 2 in Oklahoma City, the Lakers built a solid seven-point lead with two minutes to play in the game.

    What happened next could either be described as a complete meltdown or awesome comeback extravaganza, or possibly a little bit of both.

    The Thunder ended the game on a 9-0 run, with Bryant taking many questionable shots and turning the ball over multiple times, resulting in a Lakers loss.

    In what was actually a close series in the box score, but OKC went on to beat the Lakers in five games.

4. Sixers Start Game in 14 Point Hole, Still Rally for Win

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    The Deficit Overcome: 14-0 to start game, 15 in second half

    Teams Involved: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

    Round/Game: Eastern Conference semifinals Game 4 

     

    A young team getting off to a 0-14 start against a team with 17 NBA championships is a less than desirable way to begin a playoff game.

    Give the Sixers credit, however, as they never let the circumstances get them down.

    Coming into the series down 2-1 and losing the previous game at home, Philadelphia knew they had to win Game 4 if they wanted any chance at taking the series.

    Head coach Doug Collins preached patience, and it worked as the Sixers mounted a miraculous comeback, shaking off a terrible start and beating the Celtics to tie the series at 2-2 with a 92-83 win.

3. Thunder Rally from 18 Down, Advance to Finals

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    The Deficit Overcome: 18 points

    Teams Involved: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Round/Game: Western Conference finals Game 6

     

    San Antonio came into Game 6 of their series against the Thunder having done something they hadn't done all year—lose three games in a row.

    After winning Games 1 and 2, the Spurs found themselves in a 3-2 hole going into Game 6 in OKC.

    For the first three quarters, they played like a team fighting off elimination, building an 18-point lead led by Tony Parker and his 17 points and five assists in the first quarter alone.

    Ah, but the Thunder weren't about to just lay down and cede the game just yet. Behind Kevin Durant's 34 points and 14 rebounds, OKC rallied to win Game 6 107-99 and advance to the 2012 NBA Finals.

2. Spurs Down 24 on Road? Yawn.....

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    The Deficit Overcome: 24 points on road

    Teams Involved: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Round/Game: Western Conference semifinals Game 3

     

    Only a veteran team like the Spurs could stare a 24-point road playoff deficit in the eyes and not blink.

    In Game 3 of their series against the Clippers, San Antonio entered with a 2-0 series lead but now had to travel to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    The Spurs came out looking sloppy, missing shot after shot and allowing the suddenly hot Clippers to build a 24-point first-half lead.

    Instead of panicking, the veteran Spurs remained cool and collected, going on a (you guessed it) 24-0 run in the third quarter to regain the lead.

    San Antonio would end up winning 96-86 to take Game 3 before eventually sweeping the best-of-seven series.

1. Clippers Shock Grizzlies

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    The Deficit Overcome: 27 points, 24 with 7:54 in 4th quarter

    Teams Involved: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

    Round/Game: Western Conference First Round, Game 1

     

    In one of the most amazing comebacks in NBA playoff history, the Clippers stunned the Grizzlies in Memphis in Game 1 of their first-round series.

    Up 27 points in the second half and 24 with under eight minutes to play, Memphis was cruising and looked to come away with an easy series-opener win.

    The Clippers, however, stayed focused and continued to hit shot, after shot, after shot.

    Key three-pointers from Nick Young and a go-ahead layup by Reggie Evans fueled a 26-1 fourth-quarter run by LA, giving them an incredible Game 1 win.

    The Clippers would go on to win the series in seven games.

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