The Warriors did it again Monday night.
Yes, they clinched their fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals with an overtime win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. But their victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center made history in another sense,
With Monday's win, Golden State became the first team to overcome three consecutive 15-point deficits in the NBA playoffs in two decades.
This sweep was much different than the other five the Warriors have had under Steve Kerr.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2019
They became the only team in the past 20 Postseasons to overcome a deficit of 15+ points in three straight games. pic.twitter.com/rAQf9IxMPS
Golden State trailed by 17 points with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter, and a Steph Curry 3-pointer cut it 14 just 13 seconds later.
"We know we can cover 17 points in a matter of three, four minutes," Draymond Green told reporters in Portland on Monday. "So we always try to keep that mindset that we're never out of the game, and we just need to make solid plays. It definitely helps to have No. 30, who -- you know, they go up 17 and he hits a three. It just kind of puts them back on their heels, and it shifts the momentum for us. We just really understand what we're capable of on both sides of the basketball. We're never out of the fight, and that's just always our mindset."
It took the Warriors a little longer than three or four minutes, as they didn't tie the game until there was 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But at least in part because of that mindset, the Warriors are once again headed to The Finals.