The 7 Best NBA Teams in Playoff History: Overtime Edition
It’s in the bleary eyes and the struggle-filled mornings, with NBA fans clutching coffees like children or lifelines. The 2014 NBA playoffs have been very, very into overtime. Overtime is the new black. So far we’ve seen eight games in the first round that have gone beyond regulation — three from Portland/Houston, four from Oklahoma City/Memphis, and one from Washington/Chicago, which saw the Wizards win the second of what would be a 4-1 series victory over the Bulls. As of Tuesday night, the Grizzlies/Thunder series has officially broken an NBA record, with four OT’s in five games becoming the most overtime a series have ever seen.
This is awesome. For residents of the East coast — or anyone further West that has a job that bleeds into their afternoons — it’s exhausting, but worth it. The playoffs are the swan song of the NBA season — more basketball at the highest level. But which franchises have played the best, historically, in overtime games?
In order to look this up, we consulted the ever-useful Basketballreference.com, then checked out which franchises were the winningest teams in overtime games over the league’s history — 1946 to 2014. What we found was pretty wild, and without further delay, here are the seven winningest franchises when it comes to overtime and the playoffs.