9 Biggest Smackdowns in NBA History

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Source - Keith Allison, Flickr

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One of the conditions of a proper basketball game is that there must be a winner when the dust settles. Otherwise it’s just a practice or a shootaround, or something else. That’s why there’s a scoreboard, and that’s why people keep score. Ever since Naismith came up with it, there have been winners and losers.

Earlier in March, the Los Angeles Clippers ran all over their more famous cohabitants of the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-94. The 48-point loss, while taking the top spot as the worst in Lakers franchise history, doesn’t even come close to scratching the top of the biggest blowouts in the annals of the National Basketball Association.

Based on the TNT broadcast, this seems pretty hard to believe, but it’s true. Seriously. Backed by the invaluable data and search tools provided by Basketball-Reference, here are the nine biggest smackdowns in NBA history.

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