Ranking the best single-game NBA Finals comebacks of all time

Ranking the best single-game NBA Finals comebacks of all time

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Ranking the best single-game NBA Finals comebacks of all time

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5. Game 3, 2006

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Dwyane Wade (42 points) almost single-handedly saved the Heat in Game 3 of the ’06 Finals. Miami trailed Dallas by 13 points in the fourth quarter before finishing the game with a flurry that was capped by Gary Payton’s 20-foot game-winning jumper. The Heat prevailed 98-96 and ended up winning the next three games to take the series.

4. Game 1, 1995

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This was both a collapse and a great comeback. With Orlando clinging to a late lead over Houston in Game 1 of the ’95 Finals, Nick Anderson only needed to make one of four free throw attempts to clinch a victory for the Magic. He missed all four and Houston took advantage. Kenny Smith hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1.6 second remaining and the Rockets won 120-118 in overtime on Hakeem Olajuwon’s last-second tip-in.

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