Not many people gave the Warriors much of a chance to beat the Rockets on Christmas Day.
But the pesky Warriors wouldn't be denied against James Harden and Co., as Draymond Green and Damion Lee led Golden State to a stunning 116-104 win in front of a raucous Chase Center crowd.
So, just how big was the Warriors' win? It depends on what metric you use. But either way you look at it, it was huge.
The closing line at Caesars Sportsbook had the Warriors as 11.5 underdogs against the Rockets. So, according to ESPN Stats and Info, the Warriors' win was the largest upset over the last 30 years.
The Warriors beat the Rockets, 116-104, after closing as 11.5-point underdogs at Caesars Sportsbook.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2019
That is the largest upset on Christmas Day over the last 30 seasons. pic.twitter.com/393Huk6WiV
In terms of actual team records, the Warriors entered the day at 7-24, while the Rockets were 21-9. That 14.5-game difference in the standings, according to STATS, is the second biggest in a Christmas Day upset.
The @warriors entered today 14.5 games behind the Rockets in the NBA standings, but won 116-104.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) December 26, 2019
In terms of games behind in the standings, this is the 2nd-biggest upset on Christmas Day in NBA history. In 1971, the Pistons were 17.0 games behind the Bucks and won 120-118 in OT.
Any way you look at it, the Warriors' win was a Christmas miracle.