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UPDATE: Was NBA Blowout History Made Friday Night?

Jan. 22 UPDATE: So the Lakers topped the Nuggets by 10 and the Kings threw away a sure victory at Golden State, losing by seven in overtime. Those totals sadly lower our possible record average to 18.3.

Still impressive and I’m still not sure if it’s a record, but I’m looking because I really want to know now, dammit. Secondly, when’s the last time the NBA saw a night where 70 percent of its games were decided by double digits? With a set minimum, of course.

Hopefully I can update this post again with answers.

Sure, that's a picture of a baseball scoreboard, but there's two reasons for that: One, it goes along with the blowout theme and, two, I think it's the best picture available if you type "NBA blowout scoreboard" into Google

Jan. 21: I ask because I just don’t know. But looking at the scoreboard, it certainly seems that way.

Right now, it’s 8:03 p.m. here on the West Coast. Eight games have finished, and here are the margins of defeat — or victory for you optimists out there:




40 (Orlando outscored Toronto 39-14 in the fourth quarter, all without Dwight Howard)

41 (Not to be outdone, the Hawks, at home but without Al Horford, didn’t score more than 17 points in any quarter)




That’s an average of 20.75 points. Yes, the two 40-pointers skew the number, but it’s not like the rest of the games were thrilling. Only the Rockets-Grizzlies was watchable at all.

Two more games (Lakers-Nuggets; Kings-Warriors) are still in the first quarter, so I’ll have to update this post later tonight. Until then, I’ll try to find the NBA record for largest average margin of defeat on one day with a minimum of, say, five games played? Something like 20.75 has to be close or past the current high.

  1. Ruzzo
    January 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    November is the new January.

    • January 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      I am getting my Thanksgiving turkey ready still.

      Whatever. Changes made. Thanks much.

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