Biggest winning margins in NBA playoff history – NBC Chicago

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The NBA playoffs are meant to be high intensity and close to the score.

But Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors suffered an embarrassing 134-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5.

Memphis was without star guard Ja Morant and faced elimination with a loss, but the Grizzlies instead managed this round with a 39-point win, including a 55-point lead at one point in the second half. .

Although the Warriors avoided the wrong kind of story, this game will be remembered for the lopsided scoreline and raises the question of the biggest margins of victory in the NBA playoffs. Here are the five biggest:

What is the biggest margin of victory in NBA playoff history?

T-1. 58 – Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Hornets, April 27, 2009

In the first round of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Denver faced the New Orleans Hornets on the road in Game 5. The Nuggets needed one more win to advance to the next round – they didn’t lose of time.

Denver won 121-63 in a game where New Orleans’ leading quarter was 24. The Hornets did not eclipse 15 points in the other three quarters. David West led the team with 14 points. The Nuggets, on the other hand, had seven scorers who hit double-digit points with Carmelo Anthony’s 26 leading the way.

T-1. 58 – St. Louis Hawks at Minneapolis Lakers, March 19, 1956

Prior to the Nuggets in 2009, the Minneapolis Lakers held the record. In Game 2 of the Western Conference Divisional Semifinals (best-of-three series), the Lakers blasted the Hawks 133-75. Bob Pettit led St. Louis with 14 points while Jack Steffens added 13 to round out the team’s double-digit scorers.

Minneapolis, however, was on a different level. Ten players recorded minutes in this game and each scored at least 10 points. Slater Martin’s 19 led the way. The Hawks showed incredible resilience, however, as they won Game 3 116-115 to advance to the Division Finals.

3. 56 – Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors, April 21, 1973

The Warriors’ Game 5 loss to Memphis didn’t count, but this one did. In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles demolished Golden State 126-70. Rick Barry was the Warriors’ only double-digit scorer with 10 points.

The Lakers had five players hit double-digits, with Jim McMillan’s 28 pioneering the blowout. Star center Wilt Chamberlain scored just 12 points but had 25 rebounds. Los Angeles won the series 4-1 before falling to the New York Knicks In the final.

4. 54 – Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks, April 30, 2015

It was the latest lopsided blowout in the playoffs, which occurred in the first round of the Eastern Conference between the bulls and Bucks. Chicago won 120-66 in a game in which Milwaukee never scored more than 19 points in a quarter. All of Chicago’s starters hit double digits, with Mike Dunleavy’s 20 points being a high.

But for the Bucks, no player has collected at least 10 points. Zaza Pachulia scored eight. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for 11 points, but they were completely different players back then. At least these two managed to win a title down the line to erase the memory of that loss.

5. 50 – San Francisco Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks, April 4, 1971

The Warriors and Bucks each make another appearance on this list, but Milwaukee had the better fortune this time around. In Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals before Milwaukee switched conferences, the Bucks routed the Warriors 136-86 to advance to the Conference Finals.

San Francisco had four double-digit players but none had more than 13 (Ron Williams). For Milwaukee, Jon McGlocklin led the way with 28 points while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added 23. This Bucks team won the title in a 4-0 sweep over the Baltimore Bullets. It was definitely an impressive win to add to their playoff resume from this championship run.