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Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

Source: David Sherman / Getty

Via | ESPN

Game 8 of the 2016 NBA Finals — or rather the Christmas Day game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers — lived up to its billing.

What made the contest great from a statistical perspective?

• The Cavaliers won a game that they led for 42 seconds, the second-least amount of time a team led in a win this season (the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a game that Orlando led for 19 seconds on Nov. 1). In their four NBA Finals wins in 2016, the Cavaliers led for an average of 34 minutes.

• The Cavaliers came back from 14 points down to win, the biggest comeback on Christmas Day in the past 10 seasons.

• This was the third Christmas Day game in the past 20 seasons to be won on a shot in the final five seconds. Roger Mason hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to give the San Antonio Spurs a win over the Phoenix Suns in 2008. Derrick Rose hit a shot with 4.8 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls a win over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

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