Saturday, August 29, 2015

The No. 8 Road Less Taken

Sixers record second largest road victory by an 8th seed ever.

The No. 8 Road Less Taken

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The Sixers' 17-point win Tuesday is the second-largest road margin of victory by a No. 8 seed ever. It is the 19th road win by an "8" over a No. 1 seed. Those 19 games are below.

Notable:

♦ Tuesday marked the first time in history that the Sixers won a road playoff game on the same day that the Flyers lost a home playoff game.

♦ The East 8th seed hadn’t won a road game since April 20, 2003, a 25-game losing streak.

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Coming into Tuesday’s game, No. 8 seeds on the road vs. No. 1 were 18-119 (.151) ... Since that round went to best-of-seven (2003) No. 8 seeds on the road were 4-48 (.094).

♦ One of those 18 road victories, was the Pacers winning here to kick off the 2001 playoffs.

 Year  No. 8 Seed  No. 1 Seed  Gm.  Score  Margin  Series 
 1993  Lakers  Suns  1  107-103     4  L  2-3
 1993  Lakers  Suns  2    86-  81    5  L  2-3
 1994  Heat  Hawks  1    93-  88    5  L  2-3
 1994  Nuggets  SuperSonics    5    98-  94    4  W 3-2
 1995  Celtics  Magic  2    99-  92    7  L  1-3
 1996  Kings  SuperSonics  2    90-  81    9  L  1-3
 1998  Rockets  Jazz  1  103-  90  13  L  2-3
 1999  Knicks  Heat  1    95- 75  20  W 3-2
 1999  Knicks  Heat  5     78-  77    1  W 3-2
 1999  Timberwolves   Spurs  2    80-  71    9  L  2-3
 2000  Bucks  Pacers  2  104-  91  13  L  2-3
 2001  Pacers  Sixers  1    79- 78    1  L  1-3
 2002  Pacers  Nets  1    89-  83    6  L  2-3
 2002  Jazz  Kings  2    93-  86    7  L  1-3
 2003  Magic  Pistons  1    99-  94    5  L  3-4
 2003  Suns  Spurs  1    96-  95    1  L  2-4
 2007  Warriors  Mavericks  1    97-  85   12  W 4-2
 2011  Grizzlies  Spurs  1  101-  98    3  W 4-2
 2012  Sixers  Bulls  2  109- 92  17  —
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