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Warriors set modern-era Finals record for bench advantage

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02: Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors runs through the tunnel after the Warriors 104-89 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Warriors bench was awesome last night.

Just how awesome?

Golden State’s reserves outscored the Cavaliers’ backups by 35, the biggest bench advantage in a Finals game since the NBA adopted a 16-team playoff in 1984. That’s five points better than any other team, and it’s been a a couple decades since someone came closer than 10:


Led by Shaun Livingston’s 20, the Warriors’ 45 bench points were tied for seventh most in a Finals game during this era: