No Team Has Ever Accomplished This Feat In The History of the NBA

Published on April 22nd, 2022 11:44 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Coming back from 3-0 in the NBA playoffs is a mission impossible according to history. Let's say that your favorite team is currently down 3-0 in their playoff series, and you took to Google to try and get some good news about their plight.

You searched "Has a team ever come back from 3-0 down to win in the NBA", hoping for a glimmer of hope. Hoping that there is some historical precedent for a team winning four games in a row in a NBA series after dropping their first three.

I have some bad news for you if this is the case.

No team has EVER come back from 3-0 down to win in the NBA.

It has happened in other leagues (NHL, MLB), but NEVER in the NBA.


There have been three occasions in NBA history where teams have come back from 3-0 down, only to lose.

They were:

1951 New York Knicks
1994 Denver Nuggets
2003 Portland Trail Blazers

The 1951 York Knicks came very close to defeating the Rochester Royals, as they battled back from 3-0 down, only to lose 79-75 in Game 7.

The 1994 Denver Nuggets very nearly dealt an embarrassing loss to Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz, as the Nuggets came back from 3-0 down, only to lose 91-81 in Game 7.

The 2003 Portland Trail Blazers nearly pulled off the impossible, battling from 3-0 down against the Dallas Mavericks, only to lose 107-95 in the final game.


Only one basketball team has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win, and that was the San Miguel Beerman, who came back from 3-0 down to win the 2015-16 Phillipine Cup Finals in 2015-16.


In short - if your team is down 3-0, don't get your hopes up.

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