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NBA Playoffs: Biggest Road Wins in the Postseason

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Andersen, Chauncey Billups And Jason Hart Chill On The Bench In The New Orleans Arena While Their Denver Nuggets Record The Biggest Road Win In NBA Postseason History

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Andersen, Chauncey Billups And Jason Hart Chill On The Bench In The New Orleans Arena While Their Denver Nuggets Record The Biggest Road Win In NBA Postseason History

The biggest blowout in postseason history was won on the road. In 2009’s Round 1, the Denver Nuggets beat the daylights out of the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) by almost as many points as the Hornets scored (a 58-point differential in a 121-63 contest).

That’s all not entirely true, actually. If you check the biggest overall trouncings in NBA playoff history (home or away), you’ll see there was another 58-point win for the home Minneapolis Lakers back in 1956. So, really, it’s a tie.

But then the third biggest beatdown in postseason history was also handed to a home team. In 1973, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors by 56 in Oakland.

Thus, the Lakers (as Minneapolis and L.A.) own two of the three biggest playoff blowouts ever, one home and one away.

Handing out a spanking in someone else’s house is a good indicator of who the better team really is in the end. Of the 21 blowouts below, the winner went on to the next round 16 times (76.2 percent of the time).

None of these actually occurred in the NBA Finals themselves. For the 20 biggest blowouts in the championship series (they are all home games, every one), click here.

Thanks again to basketball-reference.com, where I punched this query into their play index tool to come up with every road playoff win of 20 points or more.

POINT DIFF. ROAD WINNER HOME LOSER SEASON ROUND, GAME
1. 58 Denver Nuggets* 121 New Orleans Hornets 63 2008-09 West Round 1, Game 4
2. 56 Los Angeles Lakers* 126 Golden State Warriors 70 1972-73 West Finals, Game 3
3. 44 St. Louis Hawks* 145 Detroit Pistons 101 1957-58 West Finals, Game 4
4. 40 Los Angeles Lakers* 118 San Francisco Warriors 78 1968-69 West Semifinals, Game 6**
5. 39 Philadelphia Warriors* 85 St. Louis Bombers (DEF) 46 1947-48 BAA Semifinals, Game 7**
6. 39 Utah Jazz* 129 Phoenix Suns 90 1990-91 West Round 1, Game 1
7. 37 Los Angeles Lakers* 140 Denver Nuggets 103 1986-87 West Round 1, Game 3**
8. 36 Milwaukee Bucks* 156 Philadelphia 76ers 120 1969-70 East Semifinals, Game 3
8. 36 Phoenix Suns* 135 Golden State Warriors 99 1988-89 West Semifinals, Game 4
10. 32 Boston Celtics 115 Detroit Pistons* 83 1990-91 East Semifinals, Game 3
10. 32 Boston Celtics* 120 Cleveland Cavaliers 88 2009-10 East Semifinals, Game 5
12. 31 Los Angeles Lakers* 133 Seattle SuperSonics 102 1986-87 West Finals, Game 4**
12. 31 Boston Celtics 110 Indiana Pacers* 79 2004-05 East Round 1, Game 4
12. 31 San Antonio Spurs* 120 Los Angeles Lakers 89 2012-13 West Round 1, Game 3
15. 30 Golden State Warriors* 138 Detroit Pistons 108 1976-77 West Round 1, Game 2
15. 30 Los Angeles Lakers* 120 Minnesota Timberwolves 90 2002-03 West Round 1, Game 5
15. 30 Orlando Magic* 105 Atlanta Hawks 75 2009-10 East Semifinals, Game 3
18. 29 Portland Trail Blazers 106 Los Angeles Lakers* 77 1999-00 West Finals, Game 2
18. 29 Cleveland Cavaliers 124 Boston Celtics* 95 2009-10 East Semifinals, Game 3
20. 28 Milwaukee Bucks* 122 Golden State Warriors 94 1971-72 West Semifinals, Game 3
20. 28 San Antonio Spurs* 110 Los Angeles Lakers 82 2002-03 West Semifinals, Game 6**

* Won the series

** Final game of series

Photo: Chris Graythen, Getty Images via zimbio.com

The 20 Biggest Blowouts in NBA Finals History

Neither Team - The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz - Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals' Biggest Blowout

Neither Team – The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz – Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals’ Biggest Blowout

Jumping the gun here but what the heck. Let’s look at the NBA Finals biggest blowouts of all time. We’ll check back in a couple of months for a video look.

Only one game in 68 years of Finals was decided by more than 40 points. On the way to their sixth title in 1998, Michael Jordan‘s Chicago Bulls whomped the Utah Jazz by 42 in a relatively low-scoring affair, 96-54, in Game 3.

All together, 21 NBA Finals games have been decided by 25 points or more, listed below. Every winner was the home team and only five of the blowouts have taken place since 2000.

What about the biggest blowouts in regular and postseason history? Right here and here.

Thanks to basketball-reference.com, where I queried this, and where you can see every Finals point differential of 15 or more.

POINT DIFF. WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME
1. 42 Chicago Bulls* 96 Utah Jazz 54 1997-98 3
2. 39 Boston Celtics* 131 Los Angeles Lakers 92 2007-08 6**
3. 36 San Antonio Spurs 113 Miami Heat* 77 2012-13 3
4. 35 Washington Bullets* 117 Seattle SuperSonics 82 1977-78 6
5. 34 Boston Celtics* 129 St. Louis Hawks 95 1960-61 1
5. 34 Boston Celtics 148 Los Angeles Lakers* 114 1984-85 1
7. 33 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 96 1964-65 5**
7. 33 Philadelphia 76ers 135 Los Angeles Lakers* 102 1981-82 5
7. 33 Los Angeles Lakers 137 Boston Celtics* 104 1983-84 3
7. 33 Chicago Bulls* 122 Portland Trail Blazers 89 1991-92 1
7. 33 Indiana Pacers 120 Los Angeles Lakers* 87 1999-00 5
12. 32 Boston Celtics* 142 Los Angeles Lakers 110 1964-65 1
12. 32 Portland Trail Blazers* 130 Philadelphia 76ers 98 1976-77 4
14. 31 Philadelphia 76ers* 126 San Francisco Warriors 95 1966-67 2
14. 31 Detroit Pistons 102 San Antonio Spurs* 71 2004-05 4
16. 29 Boston Celtics* 109 Houston Rockets 80 1980-81 5
17. 27 Rochester Royals* 92 New York Knicks 65 1950-51 1
18. 25 Boston Celtics* 127 St. Louis Hawks 102 1959-60 5
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 136 Boston Celtics 111 1984-85 3
18. 25 Detroit Pistons 111 Los Angeles Lakers* 86 1987-88 4
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 100 Orlando Magic 75 2008-09 1

* Won NBA Finals

** Final game of series

Photo: mymj.nl

Los Angeles Lakers and Teams with the Most NBA Finals Losses (and Consecutive)

The Los Angeles Lakers Lost Their 15th Finals In 2007-08, Most Of All

The Los Angeles Lakers Lost Their 15th Finals In 2007-08, Most Of All

It’s the Los Angeles Lakers again…but this time on the wrong side of a record.

Usually, they’re on the winning side – like most wins of all time, most playoff (and Finals) appearances, and longest winning streak.

The Lakers are even the most valuable NBA team, currently.

But today, they are losers, well, sort of. The Lakers have lost the NBA Finals more than twice as many times as anybody else – 15 – trailed by the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers with six defeats.

L.A. has also lost consecutive Finals on four separate occasions, including three times in a row between 1968 and 1970 (joining the Knicks as the only other team to do so).

Don’t knock ‘em too hard, though. You have to be in it to lose it.

MOST NBA FINALS LOSSES

LOSER NBA FINALS LOSSES YEAR WINNER FRANCHISE NOTES (AS…)
1. Los Angeles Lakers 15 2008 Boston Celtics
2004 Detroit Pistons
1991 Chicago Bulls
1989 Detroit Pistons
1984 Boston Celtics
1983 Philadelphia 76ers
1973 New York Knicks
1970 New York Knicks
1969 Boston Celtics
1968 Boston Celtics
1966 Boston Celtics
1965 Boston Celtics
1963 Boston Celtics
1962 Boston Celtics
1959 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers
2. New York Knicks 6 1999 San Antonio Spurs
1994 Houston Rockets
1972 Los Angeles Lakers
1953 Minneapolis Lakers
1952 Minneapolis Lakers
1951 Rochester Royals
2. Philadelphia 76ers 6 2001 Los Angeles Lakers
1982 Los Angeles Lakers
1980 Los Angeles Lakers
1977 Portland Trail Blazers
1954 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
1950 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
4. Boston Celtics 4 2010 Los Angeles Lakers
1987 Los Angeles Lakers
1985 Los Angeles Lakers
1958 St. Louis Hawks
4. Detroit Pistons 4 2005 San Antonio Spurs
1988 Los Angeles Lakers
1956 Philadelphia Warriors Fort Wayne Pistons
1955 Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons
6. Atlanta Hawks 3 1961 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
1960 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
1957 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
6. Golden State Warriors 3 1948 Baltimore Bullets Philadelphia Warriors
1967 Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors
1964 Boston Celtics San Francisco Warriors
6. Oklahoma City Thunder 3 2012 Miami Heat
1996 Chicago Bulls Seattle SuperSonics
1978 Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics
6. Washington Wizards 3 1979 Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets
1975 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets
1971 Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets
10. Houston Rockets 2 1986 Boston Celtics
1981 Boston Celtics
10. Miami Heat 2 2014 San Antonio Spurs
2011 Dallas Mavericks
10. Brooklyn Nets 2 2003 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets
2002 Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets
10. Orlando Magic 2 2009 Los Angeles Lakers
1995 Houston Rockets
10. Phoenix Suns 2 1993 Chicago Bulls
1976 Boston Celtics
10. Portland Trail Blazers 2 1992 Chicago Bulls
1990 Detroit Pistons
10. Utah Jazz 2 1998 Chicago Bulls
1997 Chicago Bulls
17. Chicago Stags (DEF) 1 1947 Philadelphia Warriors
17. Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2007 San Antonio Spurs
17. Dallas Mavericks 1 2006 Miami Heat
17. Indiana Pacers 1 2000 Los Angeles Lakers
17. Milwaukee Bucks 1 1974 Boston Celtics
17. San Antonio Spurs 1 2013 Miami Heat
17. Washington Capitols (DEF) 1 1949 Minneapolis Lakers

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BACK-TO-BACK NBA FINALS LOSSES

BACK-TO-BACK LOSER SEASON WINNER FRANCHISE NOTES (AS…)
New York Knicks 1951 Rochester Royals
New York Knicks 1952 Minneapolis Lakers
New York Knicks 1953 Minneapolis Lakers
Detroit Pistons 1955 Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons
Detroit Pistons 1956 Philadelphia Warriors Fort Wayne Pistons
Atlanta Hawks 1960 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
Atlanta Hawks 1961 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers 1962 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1963 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1965 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1966 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1968 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1969 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 1970 New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers 1983 Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers 1984 Boston Celtics
Utah Jazz 1997 Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz 1998 Chicago Bulls
Brooklyn Nets 2002 Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets
Brooklyn Nets 2003 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets

Photo: Jim Rogash via startribune.com

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