The nba playoffs are supposed to be high intensity and close in scoring.
But on Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors suffered an embarrassing 134-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5.
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Memphis was without star shooting guard Ja Morant and faced elimination with a loss, but the Grizzlies instead screamed that trick with a 39-point win, including a 55-point lead at one point in the second half. .
Although the Warriors avoided the wrong kind of story, this game will be remembered for lopsided scoring and raises the question of the largest margins of victory in the NBA playoffs. here are the five biggest:
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t-1. 58 – Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Hornets, April 27, 2009
in the first round of the 2009 nba playoffs, denver faced the then new orleans hornets on the road in game 5. the nuggets needed one more win to advance to the next round, they wasted no time .
denver won 121-63 in a game in which new orleans’ highest scoring quarter was 24. the hornets didn’t eclipse 15 points in the other three quarters. david west led the team with 14 points. The nuggets, on the other hand, had seven scorers reach double figures with Carmelo Anthony leading the way with 26.
t-1. 58 – street. louis hawks at minneapolis lakers, march 19, 1956
Before the nuggets in 2009, the minneapolis lakers held the record. In game 2 of the Western Conference divisional semifinals (best-of-three series), the Lakers defeated the Falcons 133-75. bob pettit led st. louis with 14 points while jack steffens added 13 to complete the team’s scoring double digits.
minneapolis, however, was on a different level. ten players logged minutes in that game and each scored at least 10 points. slater martin’s 19 led the way. However, the Falcons showed incredible resilience as they won Game 3 116-115 to advance to the Division Finals.
3. 56 – los angeles lakers vs golden state warriors, april 21, 1973
the warriors game 5 loss to memphis didn’t make the cut, but this one did. In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles demolished Golden State 126-70. Rick Barry was the Warriors’ only double-digit scorer with 10 points.
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Five Lakers players reached double figures, with 28 by Jim McMillan leading the way in the blowout. Star center Wilt Chamberlain scored just 12 points but had 25 rebounds. Los Angeles won the series 4-1 before falling to the New York Knicks in the final.
4. 54 – chicago bulls vs milwaukee bucks, april 30, 2015
This was the most recent lopsided blowout in the playoffs, occurring in the first round in the Eastern Conference between the Bulls and Bucks. Chicago won 120-66 in a game in which Milwaukee never scored more than 19 points in a quarter. Chicago’s starters all hit double figures, and Mike Dunleavy’s 20 points were a game high.
but for the money, no player got at least 10 points. zaza pachulia scored eight. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for 11 points, but they were completely different players back then. at least those two managed to win a title later on to erase the memory of this loss.
5. 50 – san francisco warriors at milwaukee bucks, april 4, 1971
warriors and machos appear on this list again, but this time milwaukee had better luck. In Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals before Milwaukee switched conferences, the Bucks crushed the Warriors 136-86 to advance to the Conference Final.
san francisco had four players in double figures but none had more than 13 (ron williams). For Milwaukee, Jon McGlocklin led the way with 28 points while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added 23. This Bucks team won the title in a 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Bullets. this was definitely an impressive win to add to his playoff resume from that championship run.