They Did It! Best Championship Comebacks in NBA Betting History

They Did It! Best Championship Comebacks in NBA Betting History

Written by on May 18, 2015

The drama of a seven-game playoff series is what makes the postseasons of Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association so special. Within a series, the momentum can change several times as one team finds a weakness in its foe, or a key player goes down to injury. In this article, we take a look at some of the greatest comebacks in NBA betting history.

They Did It! Best Championship Comebacks in NBA Betting History


1992 Finals: Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls, Game 6

When the third quarter of this game came to an end, the Blazers were up by 13 points – a lead that seemed almost insurmountable. The keystone for the Bulls, Michael Jordan, was sitting on the bench, as it seemed that the game was for all purposes over. The Bulls led the series 3 games to 2, and Jordan was resting for what looked like would be necessary heroics in a Game 7 in Portland. However, helped by four bench players, Scottie Pippen began to bring the Bulls back into the game. Jordan would end up being the game’s scoring leader with 33 points, but it was Pippen’s effort that keyed the comeback in the fourth quarter, bringing the Bulls back to win Game 6 and clinch their second consecutive title on their home court.

1995 Finals: Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic

This was Shaquille O’Neal’s only NBA finals appearance as a member of the Magic, and in this game the Magic had built up a 20-point lead. Kenny Smith started to chip away at that lead, and he would finish the game with a NBA Finals record seven three-pointers. Of course, it didn’t help that Magic guard Nick Anderson bricked four free throws in the last minute of regulation, allowing the Rockets to hang around. Even so, the Magic were up three in the last possession. However, Kenny Smith hit his last three-pointer of the game at the buzzer of regulation, sending the game into an extra frame. With 0.3 seconds remaining in that last period, Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon put a missed layup back in to seal the two-point win for the Rockets, who would eventually sweep the Magic and complete their back-to-back championships.

2011 Finals: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat

With 7:13 left in the game, the Mavericks trailed the heat 88-73. This was Game 2; the Heat had already won Game 1 and looked poised to administer another Finals whipping to the Mavericks, echoing the trend from 2006. However, at the 7:13 mark, the Mavericks began working on the lead, tying the game with 20 seconds to go. Dirk Nowitzki and Mario Chalmers swapped three-pointers to keep the game knotted at 96. On the last possession, Nowitzki drove to his left – despite having an injury to his left hand – and made the layup with three seconds to go to give Dallas the Game 2 win. This tied the series but gave home advantage to the Mavericks. The Heat would take Game 3 in Dallas, but then the Mavericks would win the next four games, clinching the franchise’s lone NBA title in Game 6 on the Heat’s home floor.

2008 Finals: Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers

The Celtics had a 2-1 series lead but were down 24 in the third period in Game 4. However, they then went on a 21-3 run to finish the period just down 2. With about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, they took a lead they would hold to the end, winning 97-91. This was the biggest comeback in an NBA Finals game since 1971 and gave the Celtics a 3-1 lead in the series. The Lakers won Game 5, sending the series back to Boston, but the Celtics took Game 6 to win the franchise’s 17th NBA crown. Sources ( (
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