GameChangers (05/10/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Game-Changing plays from the NBA Playoffs.



To highlight the Live ScoreCaster, we took our in-game technology to the next level to review the game-changing plays from the NBA Playoffs and what the game would have looked like if the plays had turned out differently.

Click the header for each game to view the Game Breakdown for each matchup.

Wizards vs. Hawks

The Washington Wizards blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead but were saved by a Paul Pierce buzzer beater. After dominating Game 3 for three and a half quarters everything unraveled for Washington. Atlanta managed to tie the game with 14 seconds to play but then The Truth happened.

With time winding down, Pierce made a fadeaway jumper that banked in off the glass as the buzzer sounded. The shot gave the Wizards a 103-101 victory and a 2-1 series lead.



The Hawks could have won if…

Trailing by 20 points with less than eight minutes to play the Atlanta Hawks had a 0.3 percent chance to rally. The Eastern Conference's number one seed used a 17-0 run to close the gap with three minutes to play and then got a game-tying three pointer from Mike Muscala.

If Pierce's jumped misses and Game 3 goes to overtime, the Hawks become 52 percent likely to win and take a 2-1 series lead.