The NBA is the biggest stage in the world of basketball where elite forces collide for the final crown of supremacy. Time and again, it has happened that the powers of one team were barely matched by the other. On several occasions, opponents were absolutely steamrolled by the dazzling dominance of their competition. And hence the basketball world came to witness some of the biggest blowouts in NBA history.
Almost every franchise has been through its highs and lows. During periods of rebuilding and internal restructuring, large point losses are perhaps not always avoidable. But some of the biggest blowouts in NBA history came as an utter surprise to the fans and critics alike.
Difficult to fathom but there have been occasions when a team had even scored twice the points of their victim in an NBA fixture! Iconic scorelines and memorable victories have come with some really large point margins on several occasions. Today we take a look at some of the biggest blowouts in NBA history.
5. Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings [162-100]
In a fateful 62-point loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings faced one of the worst defeats in franchise history. The game where the Warriors totally took charge and smashed their opponents remains one of the biggest blowouts from February 1991. Ironically, the scoreline was somewhat close to the Warriors’ 63-point loss at the hands of the LA Lakers’ back in 1972.
4. Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors [162-99]
Just as they had recorded one of the largest point margin victories in the NBA, the Warriors also appear on the losing side on the chart recording one of the worst defeats in the league. In March 1972, the Golden State Warriors fell victim to the Showtime Era Lakers and were absolutely demolished 162-99 with a 63-point winning margin. The fixture was somewhat iconic in terms of star power as both sides featured legends of the game. LA Lakers Gail Goodrich played one of his best games raking up twice as many points as the Warriors’ top scorer Jim Barnett in the fixture.
3. Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trail Blazers [124-59]
The Portland Trail Blazers faced one of the worst ever losses in their franchise history at the hands of the Indiana Pacers in February 1998. The game ended 125-59 where, for the first time in the history of the league, an NBA team scored double the points of their opponent. The 65-point victory was one of the biggest victories in the Indiana Pacers’ franchise history. The fixture saw the Portland Trail Blazers play one of their worst ever games that displayed the state of a squad in shambles. Their inability in offence was also one of the major reasons the Trail Blazers crumbled to such a huge defeat.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat [148-80]
The Miami Heat’s infamous loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in December 1991 remains one of the worst-ever defeats in their franchise history. The Cavaliers dominated the game from the very first minute and a few Heat players managed to reach double digits in the fixture. The ultimate display of dominance and control, the 68-point margin game remained the biggest blowout in NBA history until 2021.
1. Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder [152-79]
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced a fateful 73-point defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies in December 2021. In a poor display from the Thunder, the game ended 152-79 where the Grizzlies steamrolled over their opponents. Till date, the Memphis Grizzlies 152-79 victory remains the largest point margin in a single NBA fixture, and the biggest blowout in NBA history.
Gerard Crispin is an editor at FirstSportz. He has been a part of the site since 2020. Crispin, has published over 3500 articles in Combat Sports, across multiple websites.
Never-ending love for brawn and lifting heavy weights drove Gerard Crispin towards developing an interest in combat sports. Besides this, he closely follows a number of sports, viz. Football, MMA, Cricket and Tennis. He is a Gooner for life.
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