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

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Posted on March 24, 2015, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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