Looking back at the Sonics' 1989 blown 29-point lead against the Lakers


The last two days in the playoffs have seen teams blowing leads. Milwaukee blew a 17-point lead to Brooklyn in Game 4. Philadelphia squandered an 18-point and 26-point gap in Games 4 and 5, respectively. The Utah Jazz eased up on a 10-point lead in the first half of Game 5 against the Clippers once their hot shooting cooled down.

The Hawks made their return against the Sixers in Game 4, but Game 5 stood out more because they were down almost 30 and dominated the Sixers in the fourth quarter.

Their comeback is tied for fourth all-time in postseason history.

Second all-time is the Seattle SuperSonics blowing a 29-point lead to the Lakers in Game 4 of the 1989 Western Conference Semifinals. The Sonics’ season was on the line and in a matter of two halves, they went from a team wanting to keep their season alive to a squad showing why they were on the verge of being swept.

Led by Magic Johnson, the Lakers went on a 16-0 run to end the first half and trimmed what seemed like an insurmountable lead to 11.

The Lakers were within striking distance.

With less than six minutes remaining in the game, the Lakers finally took the lead and didn't look back.


They won the game 97-95. James Worthy lived up to his “Big Game James” nickname and finished with 33 points and seven rebounds on 15-for-19 shooting. Johnson flirted with a triple-double tallying 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

The series win earned the Lakers the right to face the Suns in the Western Conference Finals. Making it to the finals against the Pistons gave the team a chance to three-peat, but Isiah Thomas and the “Bad Boys” were too much and swept “Showtime.”