After 12 minutes, Houston appeared bound for the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately for the Chris Paul-less Rockets, NBA games are four quarters long.
They held a 17-point lead after one frame of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 27, 2018
Things didn’t just go downhill from there. They went into a free fall, scraping nude down the side of a steep and jagged mountain.
Warriors fell down by 17 in the first quarter and outscored Houston 93-47 the rest of the way. That’s a 46-point turnaround in 36 minutes.
— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) May 27, 2018
Houston’s points by quarter: 39, 22, 16, 9.
A playoff team hadn’t been beaten so badly over the final three quarters since the Lakers called Minneapolis home and the NBA was in St. Louis.
The 46 points that the Warriors outscored the Rockets in quarters 2-4 was the highest 2nd-4th quarter point differential in a playoff game since 1956, when the Minneapolis Lakers outscored the St. Louis Hawks 108-60
— HSAC (@Harvard_Sports) May 27, 2018
Only 11 teams have ever lost a playoff game after leading by 17 or more. The Rockets’ 29-point loss had the largest margin of defeat of those games. The next-biggest: 10.
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) May 27, 2018
Unfortunately for Paul, he was also on the losing end of that game on the far left; his New Orleans Hornets got pummeled 121-63 in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.
Let’s hope the all-word point guard is good to go for Game 7, and, for the sake of watchable basketball, that he puts up better numbers than he did in that loss nine years ago: four points on 28.6 percent shooting, six assists, and six turnovers.