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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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San Antonio Spurs and NBA Teams that Lost the Finals and Came Back to Win It the Following Season

How Sweet It Is. The 2014 Champion San Antonio Spurs.

How Sweet It Is. The 2014 Champion San Antonio Spurs.

Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the 12th team in NBA history to lose the NBA Finals, then come back and win it the next season.

How sweet it was, too. San Antonio exacted (a dominant) revenge on the team – the back-to-back champion Miami Heat – that beat them the year before. San Antonio is the seventh team to capitalize on such an opportunity.

Can you imagine playing a ruthlessly grinding 82-game schedule only to lose the Finals in seven games, sweating out the summer waiting, busting through another long season and (Western Conference) postseason, hoping for another shot at the title, being lucky enough for a rematch and then beating the team that beat you. Awesome.

Here they are: those NBA teams that never lost sight and faith despite the most crushing of defeats the season before.

SEASON CHAMPION RUNNER UP SERIES REMATCHES
1. LOST 2012-13 Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs 4-3
WON 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat 4-1 (1)
2. LOST 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat 4-2
WON 2011-12 Miami Heat Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1
3. LOST 2007-08 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
WON 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic 4-1
4. LOST 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 4-3
WON 1988-89 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (2)
5. LOST 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2
WON 1985-86 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2
6. LOST 1983-84 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
WON 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 (3)
7. LOST 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2
WON 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (4)
8. LOST 1977-78 Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics 4-3
WON 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets 4-1 (5)
9. LOST 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks 4-1
WON 1972-73 New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (6)
10. LOST 1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2
WON 1958-59 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers 4-0
11. LOST 1956-57 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3
WON 1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2 (7)
12. LOST 1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals 4-3
WON 1954-55 Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons 4-3

Photo: Tony Gutierrez / AP via beaumontenterprise.com

Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and the 10 Youngest NBA Finals MVPs

Magic Johnson Won His First NBA Title And First NBA Finals MVP His Rookie Season

Magic Johnson Won His First NBA Title And First NBA Finals MVP His Rookie Season

Kawhi Leonard has pulled down the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. At 22, he “ties” teammate Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson as the second-youngest to win the prestigious award (additionally ranked by months, below).

Not only that, Leonard is the youngest to win it since teammate Tony Parker won it in 2007 at the age of 24.

In turn, Parker was the youngest to win it since Dwyane Wade (as a member of the Miami Heat, of course) the year before.

What does all that mean?

It means four of the 10 youngest NBA Finals MVPs ever were just playing in the 2014 Finals. Wild.

But who was the youngest Finals MVP of all time? Trick question.

Magic Johnson, again. He won it at age 22 and 20, too (his rookie year).

NBA FINALS MVP AGE TEAM SEASON
1. Magic Johnson 20 Los Angeles Lakers 1979-80
2. Tim Duncan 22 San Antonio Spurs 1998-99
3. Magic Johnson 22 Los Angeles Lakers 1981-82
4. Kawhi Leonard 22 San Antonio Spurs 2013-14
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 23 Milwaukee Bucks 1970-71
6. Tony Parker 24 San Antonio Spurs 2006-07
7. Dennis Johnson 24 Seattle SuperSonics 1978-79
8. Dwyane Wade 24 Miami Heat 2005-06
9. Bill Walton 24 Portland Trail Blazers 1976-77
10. Joe Dumars 25 Detroit Pistons 1988-89
11.* Cedric Maxwell 25 Boston Celtics 1980-81

* I added an 11th player – Cedric Maxwell – giving you every Finals MVP age 25 or younger.

Photo: totalprosports.com

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