Throughout the history of the NBA playoffs, seven-game playoff series can see momentum shifts and swings that can be hard to anticipate. Whether it’s a revised game plan from the coaching staff or a critical injury, the game-to-game drama is what makes the postseason exciting, unless your team is down 2-0 in a playoff series.

The success rate for an NBA team to come back and win a series after dropping the first two games is staggeringly bad. Only 20 teams in 282 seven-game playoff series have ever come back to win. Yeah, that’s just above a cool seven percent.

Only six squads have prevailed since 2012 when down 2-0 – the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Western Conference final, the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference final vs the Celtics in 2018.

We will update this article throughout the NBA playoffs but in the meantime, here’s a look at the NBA clubs that came back after going down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series:

NBA teams that have won the series after trailing 2-0
Year Series winner Series loser Round
1969 Boston L.A. Lakers NBA Finals
1969 L.A. Lakers San Francisco Western Division semifinal
1971 Baltimore New York Eastern Conference final
1977 Portland Philadelphia NBA Finals
1993 Chicago New York Eastern Conference final
1994 Houston Phoenix Western Conference semifinal
1995 Houston Phoenix Western Conference semifinal
2004 L.A. Lakers San Antonio Western Conference semifinal
2005 Dallas Houston Western Conference first round
2005 Washington Chicago Eastern Conference first round
2006 Miami Dallas NBA Finals
2007 Utah Houston Western Conference first round
2007 Cleveland Detroit Eastern Conference final
2008 San Antonio New Orleans Western Conference semifinal
2012 Oklahoma City San Antonio Western Conference final
2013 Memphis L.A. Clippers Western Conference first round
2016 Portland L.A. Clippers Western Conference first round
2016 Cleveland Golden State NBA Finals
2017 Boston Chicago Eastern Conference first round
2018 Cleveland Boston Eastern Conference final
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