Thursday's game in Boston was the second time this season (opening night vs. Houston being the first) that the Golden State Warriors lost after leading by at least 15 points. They're 11-2 after leading by 15-plus (and almost blew a 28-point lead in Brooklyn on Sunday), having gone 184-2 in those situations over the previous three seasons.
Last Monday, the New York Knicks lost a game (to Cleveland) they led by 23. On Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder also lost a game (in San Antonio) they led by 23, while the Detroit Pistons lost a game (in Indiana) they led by 22. That same night, three more teams - the Clippers, Hornets and Mavs - lost games they led by double-digits and the Miami Heat almost blew a 25-point lead in Washington. On Saturday, the Warriors came from 24 points down to beat the Sixers.
With more 3-pointers being attempted every year, scores - from game to game and quarter to quarter - could be more volatile. If one team catches fire while the other goes cold, things can change more rapidly than when three of every four shots came from inside the arc.
Teams have still won 77 percent of the games they led by 10 or more points this season. That's the same winning percentage for teams up 10-plus five seasons ago and only down slightly from 10 seasons ago (79 percent).
There's more of an uptick in comebacks from 20 or more points down. Teams have already won seven games that they've trailed by 20-plus (seven different teams have done it), on pace to win 35 or 36 over a full season. Five years ago, there were only 16 wins from teams that trailed by 20 or more points. Ten years ago, there were 19.
So don't turn that dial when a team goes up big. Things can swing in the other direction pretty quickly.
That Celtics comeback against the champs has them at No. 1 in this week's rankings, with their remarkable winning streak at 15 games.
- Last week: Celtics aren't the only team streaking
- This time last year: Clippers stay above the parity -- At 12-2 (with the two losses by a total of six points), the Clippers had the best record in the league. Patrick Beverley and Jrue Holiday made their season debuts, there was controversy at the end of a Raptors-Kings game, Al Horford got a game-winning put-back over future teammate Aron Baynes, Karl-Anthony Towns threw one down on the Sixers, and the Wizards made a kid cry.
- Plus-minus stud: Andrew Wiggins (MIN) was a plus-55 in four games last week.
- Plus-minus dud: De'Aaron Fox (SAC) was a minus-58 in four games last week.
- Hero team of the week: Toronto (4-0) -- The Raptors' perfect week included back-to-back wins in Houston and New Orleans and important wins over two East teams (New York and Washington) with winning records.
- Zero team of the week: Sacramento (1-3) -- The Kings lost to the Hawks ... by 46 points.
- East vs. West: The East is 54-48 (.529) against the West in interconference games after going 14-9 last week.
- Toughest schedules so far: 1. Philadelphia, 2. Charlotte, 3. Sacramento
- Easiest schedules so far: 1. Boston, 2. Portland, 3. Minnesota
- Schedule strength is based on cumulative opponent record, and adjusted for home vs. away and days of rest before a game.
- High jumps of the week: Indiana (+10), Cleveland (+8), Philadelphia (+7)
- Free falls of the week: Memphis (-12), Orlando (-7), Charlotte (-4), New Orleans (-4)
- Team to watch in Week 6: Oklahoma City -- The 7-8 Thunder will have to earn their way to the right side of .500. They visit New Orleans on Monday, and then host the Warriors (Wednesday) and Pistons (Friday). Saturday's visit to Dallas is the second game of a back-to-back.
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Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)
The league has averaged 100.7 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 104.4 points scored per 100 possessions this season.
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