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

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