Closest Sweeps in history

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Edited to add more substance: 1975 Warriors Bullets Finals was pretty tight, with 16 point total margin.
At 16, this one is genuinely tied for the record smallest margin over a four-game sweep. The aforementioned Celtics over Brooklyn sweep @Devizier mentioned is #3. The other series tied for the smallest all-time margin of victory is the Cavs in 2017, first round. Against, well, who else? Indiana.
 

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Must feel weird being on the losing end of one of those. "WE WERE SO SO CLOSE... to losing in 5."
 

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At 16, this one is genuinely tied for the record smallest margin over a four-game sweep. The aforementioned Celtics over Brooklyn sweep @Devizier mentioned is #3. The other series tied for the smallest all-time margin of victory is the Cavs in 2017, first round. Against, well, who else? Indiana.
Aha.

So, if Dallas wins G4 by 1 or 2 points, that would set the record for closest sweep at 14 or 15 points.
 

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Point differential doesn't tell the whole story. The Pacers had a 90%+ win probability in games 1, 3, and 4 in the 4th quarter. I bet that has never happened before.
 

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Weren't Laker apologists calling last year's Western Conference finals "the most competitive sweep in NBA history?"

See I am seeing amazing parallels between Denver last year and Boston this. Alleged easy path to the finals, the tough sweep in the Conference finals, a history of not quite getting it done due to injury and opportunity. So I hope it ends the same way, although the Celtics aren't getting a play-in team in the finals like Denver did.

Anytime someone brings up how easy the Celtics path is, I will remind them that of Denver's four playoff opponents last year, three were play-in teams.
 

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Point differential doesn't tell the whole story. The Pacers had a 90%+ win probability in games 1, 3, and 4 in the 4th quarter. I bet that has never happened before.
Good point! Pacers topped out at 98.6/63.2/96.8/89.9, according to http://stats.inpredictable.com/nba/wpBox.php?season=2023&month=05&date=2024-05-21&gid=0042300301

2017, Cavs/Pacers, the Pacers topped out at 62.3/58.0/98.0/70.3 http://stats.inpredictable.com/nba/wpBox.php?season=2016&month=04&date=2017-04-23&gid=0041600114
 

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Soooo......are the Celtics Battel tested (TM) now?

I mean they waltzed through the regular season winning easy games and never being pushed.
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Point differential doesn't tell the whole story. The Pacers had a 90%+ win probability in games 1, 3, and 4 in the 4th quarter. I bet that has never happened before.
I also think point differential in an OT game shouldn't be viewed the same. If a team goes to OT, they were definitionally 1 point shy of a win, and that remains true even if they dominate (or are dominated) in the OT.