- The Memphis Grizzlies broke the record in 2021.
- Each blowout was a dominating 60-point-plus victory.
Memphis’ record-setting 79-point win for the biggest margin in NBA history came at the expense of the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 2, 2021, during the 2021-22 season. These types of lopsided games can also affect the NBA betting lines.
Here’s a list of the top five blowouts in NBA history.
Memphis Grizzlies (152) Versus Oklahoma City Thunder (73) – December 2, 2021
The Grizzlies win set the new NBA record for the largest margin victory in history. Of the 12 players who played in the game by Memphis, nine managed to score in double-digits. They were also able to shoot an outstanding 62.5 from the field and 52.8 from beyond the arc.
Cleveland Cavaliers (148) Versus Miami Heat (80) – December 17, 1991
This Cleveland win over Miami was the previous record for the biggest margin win in the NBA with a whopping 68 points. Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and John Williams spearheaded this drubbing by the Cavs. Five other players scored in double figures to secure this big win.
Indiana Pacers (124) Versus Portland Trailblazers (59) – February 2, 1998
Portland’s 65-point defeat to Indiana in 1998 was the result of a poor shooting. They shot 33% from the field and never tallied 20 points in any quarter.
The Pacers capitalized on the offensive end through a balanced game. Eight players put up over ten points in an impressive 63 percent shooting. Mark Jackson finished with a team-high 18 points.
Los Angeles Lakers (162) Versus Golden State Warriors (99) – March 19, 1972
Despite a rare off night from Wilt Chamberlain in this game against Golden State in March 1972, the Los Angeles Lakers were still able to pull off a 63-point drubbing. Gail Goodrich and Jim McMillian headed the offensive onslaught as they mustered 30 points and 22 points. Five other Lakers chimed in with double-figure outputs.
OTD (1972) The Lakers beat the Warriors 162-99. Wilt & Jerry West combined for just 27 of the 162 points.
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Golden State Warriors (153) Versus Sacramento Kings (91) – November 2, 1991
When you have four players scoring 20 points or more in a single game, your team will definitely dominate, and this is exactly what happened with the Golden State Warriors in November 1991. They smothered the Sacramento Kings with a 62-point beatdown.
The trio of Chris Mullin (32 points), Victor Alexander (28 points), and Sarunas Marciulionis (27 points) steered the Warriors to this massive win.
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