No lead was big enough for Wizards, Thunder in Sunday’s NBA playoffs

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The Clippers were down 82-66 when Darren Collision grabbed an offensive rebound with 9 minutes 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Los Angeles a 2.2 percent chance of winning the game.

The Clippers would win, 101-99, and tie the Western Conference semifinal series with Oklahoma City at two games apiece.



But that wouldn’t be the only meltdown comeback on Sunday. The Pacers would commit a shot clock turnover in the fourth with six minutes left, making it look like the Washington Wizards’ nine-point lead was safe. After all, the Wizards had a 91.6 win expectancy. Then, well, the curse of D.C. sports took over.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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