The Golden State Warriors made quick work of their three series in the Western Conference while also leaving little doubt who would emerge. But it was more than just sweeping each foe that left fans impressed and opponents depressed. The Warriors showed a level of domination that we’ve rarely seen in the postseason, compiling some impressive numbers along the way.
Here are five stats that illustrate just how spectacular the Warriors have been during this historic run to their third consecutive Finals appearance.
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Double-digit victories in all but one win
If it’s felt like the Warriors haven’t been tested much in the playoffs, it’s because that’s been the case. Golden State has had the luxury of playing its backups for much of the fourth quarter in a majority of its postseason run, getting its only scare in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors fell behind by as much as 25 points in that game and appeared destined to lose their first playoff game this year, then Kawhi Leonard reinjured his ankle, giving Golden State the break it need to eek out two-point win.
The Warriors' next-closest result was an 11-point win over the Jazz in Game 3 of their series. Cruise control, indeed.
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Scoring at least 100 points in every game
Yes, the Warriors have a prolific offense, but usually the pace of play slows down in the playoffs. Golden State also faced Utah and San Antonio – the only two teams in the league to allow less than 100 points per game during the regular season, granted the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard for most of their series.
The Warriors' offense still found a way to reach triple digits every game along the way to the Finals. In fact, the Jazz were the only team to hold Golden State to less than 110 points, allowing 102 in Game 3 and 106 in Game 1. With the Warriors having so many options on offense it only makes sense that keeping them below 100 points would be nearly impossible.
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Historic point differential
The Warriors outscored their Western Conference playoff opponents by 16.3 points per game, the most ever entering the Finals. It’s easy to point to the Warriors’ spectacular offense, but Golden State quietly has allowed the third-fewest points per game in the playoffs (102.0). The Warriors’ ability to switch on nearly every screen while also negating bigger teams’ advantages in the post, like they did against the Spurs, allows them to keep their most dangerous offensive players on the floor. A recipe for disaster for their opponents.
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First team in 16 years to enter NBA Finals undefeated
The 2001 Lakers were the last team to enter the Finals without a loss, but this year’s Warriors have bragging rights on the Shaq-Kobe Lakers. Golden State is the first team in NBA history to start 12-0 in the playoffs, playing one more game before the Finals than the '01 Lakers thanks to the league changing the first-round series from a best-of-five to best-of-seven format in 2003. Golden State has definitely been the beneficiary of a few breaks in its run to the Finals, facing shorthanded opponents in each round. Sometimes, you need a little luck on your side to make history.
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Tied for most points scored in series sweep
The Warriors’ offense was running on all cylinders against a Spurs team that was the second-stingiest in the regular season. Golden State scored 498 points in the Western Conference finals, tying the mark for the most points scored by a team in a four-game sweep. The Warriors averaged 125 points per game in the series and really took off when Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury. Golden State scored 42 points in the first half of Game 1 with Leonard on the floor, but bounced back in a big way after halftime, scoring 71 points – most of that occurring after Leonard reinjured his ankle in the third quarter.