The 5 Worst Blowouts in NBA Playoff History

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith basking in the way they totally stomped the Raptors in Game 5.

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith basking in the way they totally stomped the Raptors in Game 5. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

In the Eastern Conference finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, the Toronto Raptors surprised everyone when they stole not one, but two games against a Cleveland Cavaliers team that should never drop a pair of contests to a squad like Toronto.

The difference between them is roughly the difference between a Nerf hoop and an NBA hoop, and before you point to the regular-season record — the Raptors were the second seed and finished one game behind Cleveland — we’ll direct you to the fact that the Raptors play in the Atlantic, which is easily the least-competitive division in the league (save Boston).

All said, the Cavaliers looked good in the third and fourth games, but they entered Game 5 looking like the sort of team that hadn’t lost a playoff game until they wound up in Canada — and ultimately won 116-78. Yes, you read that score correctly. Talk about a monumental beatdown.