Top 10 Biggest Blowouts in NBA History


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Losing a game is already disappointing, but being blown out makes the loss even more painful.


For example, in the 2016-2017 NBA Playoffs, every team besides the Cleveland Cavaliers was blown away by the Golden State Warriors. The Portland Trailblazers, Utah Jazz, and San Antonio Spurs lost 0-4 against the Warriors while the Cavaliers lost 1-4.


In terms of an individual game, a blowout, in my opinion, is when a team loses a game by more than twenty or more points. However, there have been instances where teams have lost by thirty, forty, even FIFTY points!


This year, THREE teams lost a game by FIFTY or more points!

  • May 1st, 2021: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 152-95 (57 Points)

  • April 2nd, 2021: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors - 130-77 (53 Points)

  • December 27th, 2020: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 124-73 (51 Points)

What's insane is that there are actually A LOT of games with an EVEN HIGHER margin of victory! Today, we'll be going over ten of the biggest blowouts in NBA history!


If you're only interested in THE biggest blowout in NBA history, the biggest blowout in NBA history was on December 17th, 1991, between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat lost 80-148, a 68 POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY!


If the Cavaliers scored twelve more points, they would have won by twice the amount of points the Heat had!


However, if you are interested in learning more about each blowout and player stats, you should continue reading!

 

Table of Contents:

  1. 55 Points (Two Teams)

  2. 56 Points (Six Teams)

  3. 57 Points (One Team)

  4. 58 Points (Four Teams)

  5. 59 Points (Two Teams)

  6. 61 Points (One Team)

  7. 62 Points (Two Teams)

  8. 63 Points (One Team)

  9. 65 Points (One Team)

  10. 68 Points (One Team)

 

55 Points: Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns

Two teams take the spot for the tenth biggest blowout in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 112-57

On January 11th, 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-57. This was the season right after Lebron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Shaquille O' Neal left the Cavaliers. Literally the top three best players on the Cavaliers during that time. The Cavaliers were the worst team in the Eastern Conference.


On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers had the underrated duo of pre-Achillies Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Obviously, this was not an 'underrated duo,' but people tend to think of Kobe and Shaq instead. While the Cavs were the worst, the Lakers were the second-best team in the Western Conference.


In the game, the ONLY player to score more than ten points on the Cavaliers was Alonzo Gee. Gee, who average 6.6 points throughout his career, scored twelve points that game (wow, that's a lot)! Manny Harris, who played 42 MINUTES that game, only scored 8 points and had a box score of -57...


Surprinslgy, the Lakers didn't actually have a single-player score of more than fifteen points. However, unlike the Cavaliers, SEVEN Lakers players had more than twelve points that game:

  • Andrew Bynum (15)

  • Metta World Peace (15)

  • Kobe Bryant (13)

  • Pau Gasol (13)

  • Lamar Odom (13)

  • Shannon Brown (13)

To put into perspective how LOW 57 POINTS is, FIFTEEN teams scored 57 POINTS by halftime this season!


Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings: 140-85

On April 17th, 1989, the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings, 140-85. During that season, the Suns were the third-best team in the Western Conference, while the Kings were the tenth-best.


It wasn't surprising that the Suns were able to score 140 POINTS as they had the second-best offensive rating (113.1) and led the lead in points per game (118.6). Also, the Suns had FOUR All-Stars while the Kings only had ONE! If the Kings had gone against the Suns from the previous season (1987-88), the Kings have actually won since the Suns sucked that season (28-54).


To be honest, I'm more interested in the players on the Sacramento Kings than the actual blowout. The Kings had Kenny Smith, Danny Ainge, and... Michael Jackson?


As for the game itself, the Kings honestly didn't do THAT bad. The Suns were just going crazy. SIX Suns players scored more than 15 POINTS in the game.

  • Eddie Johnson (24)

  • Tom Chambers (20)

  • Armen Gilliam (19)

  • Kevin Johnson (17)

  • Dan Majere (16)

  • Jeff Hornaeck (15)

 

56 Points: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, and the Sacramento Kings


SIX teams take the spot for the ninth biggest blowout in NBA history, the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, and the Sacramento Kings!


Since there are so many teams, these won't be AS in-depth just because it would take forever.

 

Also, since six teams tie for the ninth biggest blowout in NBA history, I'll include a Table of Contents here as well:

  1. Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls

  2. Seattle Supersonics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  3. Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  4. Seattle Supersonics vs. Houston Rockets

  5. Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Jazz

  6. Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trailblazers

  7. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors

  8. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons

 

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: 133-77

On December 8th, 2018, the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls, 133-77. It wasn't surprising that the Bulls did as bad as they did since their only (somewhat) star player was Zach Lavine, and he wasn't even the best player for the Bulls that game!


The Celtics had SEVEN players that scored more than ten points:

  • Jaylen Brown (23)

  • Daniel Theis (22)

  • Jayson Tatum (18)

  • Terry Rozier (15)

  • Semi Ojeleye and Kyrie Irving (13)

  • Marcus Morris (12)

What's funny is that Guerschon Yabusele, who only played fifteen minutes and scored two points and three assists, had an offensive rating of 179!


On the other hand, the Bulls only had THREE players that scored more than ten points. What's even worse is that the Bulls' leading scorer was Shaquille Harrison. Harrison scored 20 POINTS and, during that season, only averaged 6.5 points. Ryan Arcidiacono, who played twenty minutes that game, scored ZERO POINTS.


Seattle Supersonics vs. Philadelphia 76ers: 149-93

On March 6th, 1993, the Seattle Supersonics beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 149-93. Similar to the Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings game, the 76ers did not do that bad. It was just that the Supersonics were killing it.


The Supersonics had SEVEN players that scored more than ten points:

  • Eddie Johnson (21)

  • Shawn Kemp (20)

  • Ricky Pierce (19)

  • Derrick McKey (18)

  • Dana Barros (15)

  • Vincent Askew (14)

  • Nate McMillan (10)

Surprisingly, the Supersonics' best player, Gary Payton, scored the least amount of points that game. Although he is more well known for his defense, five points is nowhere near how much Payton typically averages.


It's actually kind of impressive that the 76ers even got 93 points since the Supersonics had the second-best defensive rating. In addition, the top two leading scorers for the 76ers were rookie Clarence Weatherspoon (16) and Eddie Lee Wilkins (16), who averaged six points that season.


Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers: 154-98

On January 2nd, 1993, the Sacramento Kings beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 154-98. To add insult to injury, once again, the 76ers lose by 56 POINTS just two months after losing by 56 POINTS. That's not even the worst part.


The Supersonics were the third-best team in the Western Conference, so it's only kind of surprising that the 76ers lost by 56. However, the Kings were the THIRD-WORST team in the Western Conference. The 76ers should have at least put up a fight, but nope... they lost by 56.


Once again, the Kings had SEVEN players that scored more than ten points. I won't list them all like with the last game, but a major reason why the 76ers lost by that much was Walt Williams.


Williams, who throughout his career, averaged 11.8 points, dropped 40 POINTS in the game against the 76ers. Not only did he score a ton, but he was playing amazing defense as well. Williams recorded four steals and four blocks that game!


Another interesting thing to point out is that the Kings had Spud Webb while the 76ers had Manute Bol. The shortest player in NBA history was playing against the tallest player in NBA history. What's even more interesting is that Webb, who is 5'3," OUTREBOUNDED Bol, who is 7'7." Webb had seven rebounds while Bol only had two...