There’s something about the number 31 that haunts the Golden State Warriors.

Reminiscent of the 2015-16 Warriors being the only team to lose the NBA Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead, Golden State found a way to blow a 31-point lead in Game 2 of its Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, April 15.

Los Angeles, the eighth seed in the West, scored a franchise-record 85 points in the second half to claim the 135-131 victory over the top-seeded Warriors on their home court, evening the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Most people, especially those on the east coast of the United States, probably turned the game off and went to bed when a Kevin Durant dunk gave Golden State a 94-63 lead with 7:31 left in the third quarter. For those who stayed up, they were treated to a defensive display that will go down in NBA playoff history, as the Clippers held the Warriors to just 37 more points for the rest of the contest. NBA Twitter had plenty to say about the record comeback.

The first and most obvious effect of this comeback was how it affected those who put money down on the game. The Action Network expertly displayed that emotion, especially for those who may have put money down on Golden State and went to bed assured of a win.

The Warriors (-1600 on the moneyline) just blew a 31-point lead to the Clippers…

Live look at Golden State bettors:

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 16, 2019

Bleacher Report’s dedicated handle for sports betting displayed the attitude of those who were savvy enough to put their money on the Clippers’ 8-1 odds.

Clippers bettors living the dream

— B/R Betting (@br_betting) April 16, 2019

Even those who may not have put money down on the Warriors but are simply fans of the team who paid money to see them win yet another home playoff game were similarly dismayed after the loss.

Somber mood in Oracle after fans witness their heroes blow a 31 point lead to the Clippers.

— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) April 16, 2019

Los Angeles Times NBA writer Dan Wolke put the remarkability of the Clippers comeback in further perspective.

The Clippers just won a playoff game at Oracle Arena where they trailed by 31, where the …read more



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