Jan. 18, 1991: Run TMC score 104 combined points for Warriors in Philly. Like last night's tale-of-two-halves Warriors-Sixers game, this comeback win almost 17 years prior was made possible by a huge 3rd quarter. Saturday night in Philly, the Warriors outscored the Sixers 47-15 in the 3rd. Here in 1991 Philadelphia, the Warriors outscored the Sixers 46-31. They eeked out a 141-138 overtime W against a Barkley-less Sixers team. These Warriors teams lacked defense, but score they could. The nickname Run TMC, a play on the rap group Run-D.M.C., came about as part of a newspaper contest to name the high-scoring trio of Tim Hardaway (drafted 14th in '89), Mitch Richmond (drafted in 5th '88), and Chris Mullin (drafted 7th in '85). Their 2 seasons together as a little Big-3 produced some of the most prolific scoring displays the league has ever seen. They all scored 20 or more in the same game 48 times over those 2 seasons, going 30-18. On the opening night of the 1991-1992 NBA season, these Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 162-158 in regulation - the highest scoring game that didn't go to OT ever. In this '90-'91 season, the Warriors sold out every home game and the trio all averaged over 22ppg. The run-and-gun offensive strategy was known as "Nellie-Ball", named after coach Don Nelson. They entered the 1991 playoffs as the 7 seed and shocked the 2 seed Spurs, becoming the first ever 7 to defeat a 2. They would lose to Magic Johnson's Finals-bound Lakers in the next round. Nelson, facing pressure to get bigger and improve defensively, traded Richmond for 6'9" Billy Owens, a move Nelson later said in hindsight he should've never done. The Warriors would not advance past the 1st round of the playoffs again until 2007, another magical season, one that saw the 8 seed Warriors became the first team to defeat a 1 seed (Mavs) in a best-of-7 series. The coach of that '07 team? Don Nelson. The GM? Chris Mullin...
Hardaway: 40pts (15-24) 5reb 14ast 2stl
Richmond: 35pts (15-26) 5reb 6ast 4stl
Mullin: 29pts (12-23) 3reb 8ast 2stl
🎶: "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men is from 1991.