Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Teams That Won Games One and Two on the Road

After blowing a 15-point lead in the last eight minutes of regulation, the Washington Wizards rallied in overtime to take the postseason opener in Toronto. They had an easier time with the Raptors in a Game Two win on Tuesday, so now they head back home to D.C. up 2-0 in the series.

The Wizards are the 22nd NBA team to go on the road and win the opening games of a best-of-7 playoff series. Let's take a look at how the first 21 series went:

  • Nine sweeps
  • Two went 4-1
  • Seven had the leader drop two of three before winning in six
  • Three comebacks: 
  • One had the trailing team roar back to win four straight (1969 West Semis Lakers vs. Warriors)
  • Two others in seven games (1994 West Semis Rockets vs. Suns, 2005 First Round Mavericks vs. Rockets)
Below is a list of all NBA/NHL/MLB playoff series in which the visiting team won the first two games (including best-of-five). MLB has had five comebacks out of 54 series (3 of 26 best-of-seven) and the NHL has had 17 comebacks out of 97 series (17 of 81 best-of-seven). Comebacks are in bold.

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