The Memphis Grizzlies made history after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79. The 73-point win is easily the most lopsided result in NBA history. Here is a recap of the largest margins of victory the league has ever seen.
Memphis Grizzlies 152 - 79 OKC Thunder
OKC is rebuilding this year, but they are more than capable of defeating contender teams. Just ask the Lakers. However, the players did not show up against the Grizzlies, who were without sidelined star Ja Morant.
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It was over after just two quarters. The Grizzlies’ lead at halftime was 21. The Thunder never led in the game while Memphis’ biggest lead reached 78. It was just a pathetic performance for OKC. Everyone contributed for Memphis, as evident in the 93-35 advantage in bench points. The final score -- Grizzlies 152, Thunder 79.
Cleveland Cavaliers 148 - 80 Miami Heat
Before the OKC beatdown, the largest win margin belonged to the Cavs. They beat the Heat with a 68-point win in 1991. The Heat was led by Glen Rice, who scored 9 points in 23 minutes of play. The team’s highest scorer was Steve Smith, with 15 points. Meanwhile, the Cavs had a balanced scoring attack which saw eight players score double figures. They were led by Mark Price’s 18 points and 11 assists.
Indiana Pacers 124-59 Portland Trail Blazers
In the current era, it’s almost impossible for a team to only score 59 points, but that’s what the Trail Blazers recorded in 1998. Of course, any team today could score 59 even before halftime, but that just shows how offensive schemes have progressed through time. Even Reggie Miller was surprised at how lopsided the score was against the Blazers.
We played well, but I didn't think we would be capable of holding an NBA team under 60 points, a team with so many offensive weapons.
Reggie Miller, Chicago Tribune
Eight Pacers scored at least 10 points, with Mark Jackson’s 18 points leading the way in that dominating win.
Los Angeles Lakers 162-99 Golden State Warriors
In 1972, the Lakers flexed just how good their team was in a game against the Golden State Warriors. Many believed the 1972 Lakers were one of the best rosters the fabled organization has ever had. The group, led by Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain, would go on a 33-game winning streak. In a game against Golden State, eight Lakers reached double figures, and almost all of them scored aside from one teammate.