It takes a special set of circumstances to beat a team in the NBA by 40+ points.

It’s a rare sight, but those circumstances were met in Phoenix’s opening game against Portland, where the Blazers demolished the Suns by a score of 124-76, setting the record for the largest win on opening night in NBA history, and handing Phoenix their largest defeat in franchise history.

The Suns shot a dismal 31.5% from the field and and even worse 25.9% from outside compared to Portland’s 58.3% from deep.

The 48-point squash got us thinking, ‘what are the worst defeats in NBA history?‘ If you were also wondering the answer to this question, look no further as we present the top 10 lopsided wins in the league’s history.

By the way, the Suns defeat barely ranks in the top 50.

 

10. Milwaukee Bucks 140-82 Sacramento Kings – Dec 15, 1985 (58 Points)

 

9. Sacramento Kings 139-81 Dallas Mavericks – Dec 29, 1992 (58 Points)

 

8. Denver Nuggets 121-63 New Orleans Hornets – Apr 27, 2009 (58 Points)

 

7. Golden State Warriors 150-91 Indiana Pacers – Mar 19, 1977 (59 Points)

 

6. Milwaukee Bucks 143-84 Detroit Pistons – Dec 26, 1978 (59 Points)

 

5. Syracuse Nationals 162-100 New York Knicks – Dec 25, 1960 (62 Points)

 

4. Golden State Warriors 153-91 Sacramento Kings – Nov 2, 1991 (62 Points)

 

3. Los Angeles Lakers 162-99 Golden State Warriors – Mar 19, 1972 (63 Points)

 

2. Indiana Pacers 124-59 Portland Trail Blazers – Feb 27, 1998 (65 Points)

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers 148-80 Miami Heat – Dec 17, 1991 (68 Points)

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