Last night the Spurs took a two games to one series lead by blowing out the Miami Heat. The game was the third largest blowout in NBA Finals history. Let’s take a look at the largest blowouts in finals history along with how the teams responded the rest of the series.
Out of these 11 games, two were series clinching games and one was last night. Out of the eight remaining, the teams that got blown out actually have a 5-3 record in the next game. The next game tends to be a much closer affair, with an average margin of victory of 6.88 points. These blowouts also haven’t had a profound impact on the series overall, as six of the ten previous NBA Finals were won by the team that won the blowout game, with four being won by the team that got blown out. Again, two of these blowouts were series clinching games. If we don’t count these games, the remaining eight championships were split by the teams that won and lost the blowout.
Don’t count the Heat out just because they lost by 36 points last night. Look for Game 4 to be a very close, competitive game with the Spurs looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead and the Heat looking to tie up the series at 2-2. This series is far from over.