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How bad was 23-point collapse? Epic

4/23/2011



PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Elias Sports Bureau quickly hopped on the Mavericks' 23-point implosion and came back with this: Portland becomes the third team in the shot clock era (since 1954) to win a playoff game when trailing by 18 points or more entering the fourth quarter.

The other two:

*On May 25, 2002, Boston came back after starting the fourth quarter down 74-53 at home against New Jersey and won 94-90.

*On May 11, 1994, Phoenix was down 100-82 after three quarters and ended up beating the Rockets in Houston, 124-117.

Another bit of history attached to this game is Brandon Roy's 18 fourth-quarter points are the most by a Blazers player in one quarter since Bonzi Wells went for 18 in the first round against Dallas on April 23, 2003. The Mavs won that series 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 lead.