There are some thrilling moments between the Bulls and Jazz, but Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals was entirely one-sided. Utah was dominated in every way by Chicago in a 96-54 loss. The 42-point blowout is the largest in Finals history and the Jazz set the record low for points scored.
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Tracy McGrady still couldn't get past first round
Tracy McGrady was thrilled "to finally be in position to advance to the second round" of the playoffs with the Orlando Magic one win away from knocking off the top-seeded Detroit Pistons in 2003. Unfortunately, his words came back to haunt him as his team was sent home after losing the next three games by an average of 20 points.
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Heat fans leave too early
The San Antonio Spurs looked to have the 2013 NBA title sealed with a five-point lead and 23 seconds remaining in Game 6. Some of the Miami Heat fans didn't want to watch the Spurs celebrate on their home court, so they headed to the exits. But LeBron James and Ray Allen didn't let the Heat go away as they forced overtime and won to force Game 7. The fans who bailed before the buzzer couldn't get back in the arena and were forced to watch the celebration from the outside.
Hornets get blown away by Nuggets
Maybe the ugliest game in NBA playoff history, the New Orleans Hornets were embarrassed on their home court in Game 4 of a 2009 first-round matchup with the Denver Nuggets. The game got out of hand early as the Hornets were dismantled 121-63. The 58-point loss matched the biggest blowout in the playoffs since 1956.
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Rockets get 'Kiss of Death'
The Phoenix Suns were ready to close out the Houston Rockets with commanding 3-1 series lead in the 1995 Western Conference semifinals. But the defending champions would not go down as the Rockets took Game 5 in overtime and later forced Game 7. Mario Elie gave the Phoenix crowd a kiss after sinking in a 3-pointer that put Houston on top in the final seconds and crushing Charles Barkley and the Suns' title hopes. WATCH VIDEO >>
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No. 1 Mavs stunned by Warriors
Following a devastating defeat in the 2006 NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks looked primed to make another deep playoff run after completing a 67-win regular season. No one expected Golden State to put up much of a fight against the heavily favored Mavs in the first round matchup, but the Warriors shocked the world by becoming the first No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 in a seven-game series.
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Starks goes ice cold
John Starks couldn't have picked a worse time to have a miserable night for the New York Knicks. After his potential game-winning shot was blocked in Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets, he went 2-for-18, including 0-for-10 in the fourth quarter, and missed all 11 of his 3-point attempts in Game 7. His horrendous shooting proved costly in the Knicks' 90-84 series-ending loss.
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Mavs let chance at 3-0 series lead slip away
With the Dallas Mavericks holding a 2-0 series lead and up by 13 with six minutes remaining in Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals, it appeared there would be no question which team would be crowned champions. But Dwyane Wade and the Heat stormed back from the fourth-quarter deficit, and the Mavs' late-game mistakes in the series cost them the title as they went on to lose in six games.
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Anderson couldn't make one free throw
Nick Anderson had a chance to seal a victory for the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. Leading by 3 with under 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Anderson missed four straight free throws that left the door open for Houston. The Rockets were able to force overtime, win the game and sweep the series. WATCH VIDEO >>
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Heat start celebration too soon
It seems like a distant memory now that LeBron James is a two-time NBA Champion. But when he was still in search of his first championship ring, the Miami Heat were embarrassed in the 2011 NBA Finals. It appeared that the Dallas Mavericks were no match for the star-studded Heat when LeBron and Dwyane Wade were rolling in Game 2 and ready to take a 2-0 series lead. Wade and his teammates were even taunting the Dallas bench with a 15-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. But the Mavs came storming back to steal Game 2 in South Beach, and went on to win three of the next four games to deny the Heat the title.