NBA Playoffs: Biggest Road Wins in the Postseason
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.
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).Follow @VinGetz
|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
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