The Starless Angels Clippers have done it again.
two weeks ago, the clippers erased a 25-point second-half deficit to beat nikola jokic and the denver nuggets in the crypto.com arena despite losing both kawhi leonard and paul george.
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Last week, the Angels overcame a 24-point second-half deficit to beat Joel Embiid and the Sixers in Philadelphia.
And on Tuesday night in the nation’s capital, the Clippers pulled off another big comeback, this time the biggest in franchise history.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal made a pair of free throws with 1:20 remaining in the second quarter to put Washington up 66-31 over L.A. that 35-point lead shrank to 30 as the two teams entered halftime.
but the clips put together a pair of 40-point quarters in the second half, outscoring washington 80-49, as they roared back for an unlikely 116-115 victory.
The clippers’ latest comeback required some late heroics from guard luke kennard, as well as a couple of ugly mistakes from the wizards. Kennard knocked down a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to bring the Angels within three points. The Wizards then called a timeout, but still had trouble shooting the ball, as they were called for a five-second infraction.
kennard capitalized on the fumble with another 3-pointer to tie the game in the closing seconds, and beal fouled him on the shot attempt. the fifth-year guard made the free throw to complete the go-ahead four-point play and give the Clippers a historic comeback.
So, where does the Clippers’ 35-point comeback rank among the greatest in NBA regular season history?
what are the biggest comebacks in nba regular season history?
Los Angeles came within a point of tying the biggest comeback in NBA history.
the utah jazz’s 36-point comeback against the nuggets in november 1996 has never been equaled or surpassed. Utah trailed the Nuggets 70-34 at home in the final minute of the second quarter. But, led by Karl Malone and Jeff Hornacek, the Jazz outscored the Nuggets 71-33 in the second half to win 107-103.
the clippers comeback on tuesday is tied for the second-greatest in nba history with the sacramento kings. In a December 2009 game against the Chicago Bulls, Sacramento overcame a 35-point second-half deficit to win 102-98. The Kings trailed 79-44 a few minutes into the third quarter and were down 19 entering the fourth. But a 33-10 lead in the final 12 minutes helped Tyreke Evans and company. stun bulls derrick rose-led.
The next big comeback came last season, when the Boston Celtics rallied from a 32-point deficit late in the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs. The C’s tied the game midway through the fourth quarter and outscored the Spurs for a 143-140 overtime victory at TD Garden. jayson tatum fueled the comeback with 60 points, the most of his career
The return of the Angels was only the seventh time in NBA history that a team came back to win a regular season game after trailing by at least 30 points. Here’s a complete look at every 30+ point comeback in NBA history:
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1. utah jazz: 36 points vs. denver nuggets (1996)
t-2. los Angeles clippers: 35 points vs washington wizards (2022)
t-2. sacramento kings: 35 points vs chicago bulls (2009)
4. Boston Celtics: 32 points vs. San Antonio Spurs (2021)
5. Golden State Warriors: 31 points against Milwaukee Bucks (1975)
t-6. toronto raptors: 30 points vs. dallas mavericks (2019)
t-6. los angeles lakers: 30 points vs. dallas mavericks (2002)