Dreaded ‘3-1’ jokes return after Warriors blow 31-point lead to Clippers

The Golden State Warriors blew a 31-point third-quarter lead to the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA playoffs on Monday night, and all of those “3-1” jokes that tormented Warriors fans after the 2016 NBA Finals are back.

“The Warriors were up 31 points on the Clippers,” the official Twitter account of ESPN’s SportsNation wrote. “They have experience blowing leads involving 3 and 1.”

GAME RECAP: Warriors squander 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1

Warriors fans will probably never be able to forget leading the Cleveland Cavaliers three games to one in the 2016 NBA Finals, only to lose four consecutive contests and watch as the Cavaliers were presented the Larry O’Brien trophy at Oracle Arena.

Golden State’s 135-131 loss to the Clippers on Monday night marked the biggest collapse in NBA postseason history, topping a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers over the Seattle Super Sonics in 1989.

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The Clippers went on a 72-37 rally to close the game, and took the lead when Landry Shamet nailed a three-pointer to give the Clippers a 133-131 lead with 16.5 seconds remaining.

The Warriors were unable to score on their final possession, and the series was evened at 1-1.

Click through the slideshow above to see new Warriors “3-1” jokes.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email him at eric.ting@sfgate.com and follow him on Twitter

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