9 Biggest Smackdowns in NBA History

Blake Griffin celebrates a shot.

Blake Griffin kills it once again. | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

One condition of a proper basketball game: There must be a winner when the final buzzer blares. Otherwise it’s just a practice or a shoot-around, right? There is always a clear winner and clear loser — even in the tightest games. Of course, every once in a while, the scoreboard in an NBA tilt is a little lopsided.

During March 2014, for example, the Los Angeles Clippers ran all over their more-famous Staples Center cohabitants, the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-94. The 48-point loss, while taking the top spot as the worst in Lakers franchise history, barely scratches the surface of the biggest blowouts in the NBA history books. Backed by the invaluable data and search tools provided by Basketball-Reference, here are the nine biggest smackdowns in NBA history.