NBA: The Worst Loss in Every Franchise’s History

Blake Griffin Joined Seven Other Los Angeles Clippers In Double-Figure To Hand The Los Angeles Lakers Their Worst Loss In Franchise History

Blake Griffin Joined Seven Other Los Angeles Clippers In Double-Figure To Hand The Los Angeles Lakers Their Worst Loss In Franchise History

The Los Angeles Lakers were just stomped yesterday, whupped by 48 points at the hands of their co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the worst loss in Laker history.

That got Sports List of the Day crunching numbers. What’s every franchise’s (and team’s) worst loss?

There is the biggest beatdown of all time – a 68-point drubbing of the Miami Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers (another connection between these two teams). Many of the below, in fact, are some of the biggest blowouts in NBA history.

Five franchises carry the shame of 60-point defeats, more than half have been beaten by at least 50 and everybody has taken it by at least 42. All these worst losses are listed below. Click on the date to check out the box score, courtesy my source, basketball-reference.com.

Some notes: The top list covers every franchise’s greatest defeat. Some of these franchises have moved or changed their names, noted with asterisks. The corresponding current teams (and their greatest defeats) are noted in the second list. The Atlanta and Milwaukee Hawks both lost by 47. The winners are the home team except when the loser is noted in CAPS.

LOSER POINT DIFFERENTIAL SCORE WINNER DATE / BOX SCORE
1. Miami Heat 68  148-80 Cleveland Cavaliers 12/17/1991
2. Portland Trail Blazers 65  124-59 Indiana Pacers 2/27/1998
3. Golden State Warriors 63  162-99 Los Angeles Lakers 3/19/1972
4. New York Knicks 62  162-100 Syracuse Nationals 12/25/1960
4. Sacramento Kings 62  153-91 Golden State Warriors 11/2/1991
6. Indiana Pacers 59  150-91 Golden State Warriors 3/19/1977
6. Detroit Pistons 59  143-84 Milwaukee Bucks 12/26/1978
8. Dallas Mavericks 58  139-81 Sacramento Kings 12/29/1992
9. New Orleans Jazz* 56  158-102 Milwaukee Bucks 3/14/1979
9. HOUSTON ROCKETS 56  136-80 Seattle SuperSonics 12/6/1986
9. Philadelphia 76ers 56  154-98 Sacramento Kings 1/2/1993
9. Philadelphia 76ers 56  149-93 Seattle SuperSonics 3/6/1993
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 55  112-57 Los Angeles Lakers 1/11/2011
14. Chicago Bulls 53  127-74 Minnesota Timberwolves 11/8/2001
15. Baltimore Bullets* 52  151-99 Milwaukee Bucks 1/10/1971
15. New Jersey Nets* 52  139-87 Houston Rockets 10/18/1978
15. BOSTON CELTICS 52  118-66 Detroit Pistons 1/31/2003
15. Seattle SuperSonics* 52  168-116 Denver Nuggets 3/16/2008
19. Los Angeles Clippers 50  154-104 Seattle SuperSonics 12/2/1988
19. Charlotte Hornets* 50  137-87 Milwaukee Bucks 1/10/2000
21. Vancouver Grizzlies* 49  111-62 San Antonio Spurs 11/8/1995
22. Denver Nuggets 48  143-95 Milwaukee Bucks 3/27/1980
22. Milwaukee Bucks 48  144-96 Utah Jazz 1/27/1990
22. MILWUAKEE BUCKS 48  152-104 Orlando Magic 2/20/1995
22. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 48  142-94 Los Angeles Clippers 3/6/2014
26. Atlanta Hawks 47  132-85 Philadelphia 76ers 12/8/1982
27. San Antonio Spurs 46  137-91 Phoenix Suns 4/15/1989
27. Toronto Raptors 46  125-79 New York Knicks 4/15/1996
29. Charlotte Bobcats 45  114-69 Oklahoma City Thunder 11/26/2012
30. Phoenix Suns 44  151-107 Seattle SuperSonics 4/2/1988
31. Orlando Magic 43  135-92 Golden State Warriors 11/16/2002
32. Minnesota Timberwolves 42  128-86 Orlando Magic 11/3/2010

*

26. Milwaukee Hawks* 47  99-52 Minneapolis Lakers 12/16/1951
27. Utah Jazz 46  150-104 Golden State Warriors 1/15/1986
27. Utah Jazz 46  130-84 Los Angeles Lakers 3/5/1986
27. Utah Jazz 46  113-67 Los Angeles Lakers 2/4/2000
29. New Orleans Hornets 45  119-74 Oklahoma City Thunder 2/27/2013
29. Memphis Grizzlies 45  111-66 Chicago Bulls 1/13/2007
30. Washington Wizards 44  111-67 New Jersey Nets 1/16/2002
30. Brooklyn Nets 44  124-80 Portland Trail Blazers 2/26/2014
32. Oklahoma City Thunder 42  129-87 Minnesota Timberwolves 1/7/2009
33. New Orleans Pelicans 32  108-76 Los Angeles Clippers 3/1/2014

Photo: USATSI via cbsports.com

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