NBA Record for Biggest Winning Margin: Thunder’s 62-Point Victory is Fifth

‣ Two years after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies by an NBA record 73 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Trail Blazers by a 62-point margin, tying for the fifth largest margin of triumph in NBA history.
‣ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a star player for the Thunder, attributed the team’s recent success to the promise they made to never experience such a loss again.
‣ Rookie Chet Holmgren, a main candidate for the Rookie of the Year award, explained that the Thunder’s strength lies in its versatile players who make it difficult for opponents to predict their strategy.

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Two years back, the Thunder was left with a bitter taste after a record-breaking 73-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The defeat was a tough pill to swallow for the Oklahoma City roster. In fact, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the star player, confessed that they swore never to let such a debacle happen again.

Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t play that fateful December 2, 2021, game. But he remembers the embarrassment he felt for his teammates. He said, “After that game, we addressed it, and we just made a promise to ourselves to never feel that feeling again.”

Fast forward to last Thursday night, and the tables had turned. The team was back in record-breaking mode, but this time, they were on the winning side. After defeating the Trail Blazers 139 to 77, a 62-point margin, Shai admitted, “I think it’s been a little bit of our fuel to get to where we are tonight.”

Portland’s coach, Chauncey Billups, was left scratching his head after the game. He said, “It was almost like a perfect storm, to be honest with you. Nothing really worked for us.”

But what’s the NBA record for the largest-winning margin? Here’s a quick rundown of the eight biggest victories in regular-season history:

73 — Memphis Grizzlies 152, Oklahoma City Thunder 79 (Dec. 2, 2021)
68 — Cleveland Cavaliers 148, Miami Heat 80 (Dec. 17, 1991)
65 — Indiana Pacers 124, Portland Trail Blazers 59 (Feb. 27, 1998)
63 — Los Angeles Lakers 162, Golden State Warriors 99 (March 19, 1972)
62 — Oklahoma City Thunder 139, Portland Trail Blazers 77 (Jan. 11, 2024)
62 — Golden State Warriors 153, Sacramento Kings 91 (Nov. 2, 1991)
62 — Syracuse Nationals 162, New York Knicks 100 (Dec. 25, 1960)
61 — Charlotte Hornets 140, Memphis Grizzlies 79 (March 22, 2018)

Rookie Chet Holmgren is another player making waves in the team. He’s the main contender for the Rookie of the Year award this season. In his 20 minutes against the Trail Blazers, he scored 19 points. He believes that the Oklahoma City squad will be a tough nut to crack this season.

Holmgren said, “We have great players all around on the floor. Everybody has gravity, so the other team has to decide what they want to give up, and if they don’t want to give up the shot, then they’re giving up the drive to somebody else. If they don’t want to give up the drive, then they’re giving up the shot. It’s just kind of a pick your poison thing.”

The team’s coach, Mark Daigneault, is also confident about the team’s future. He said, “What has put us in this position is that we have improved continuously. We understand it is not perfect and we learn from the good, the bad. We just rinse and repeat this 82 times.”

Daigneault also had praises for Josh Giddey, who recorded one of the fastest triple-doubles in NBA history last night. He said, “He has got some swagger right now. This is a good example of these guys, there will be a lot of ups and downs for every single player.”

James Shotwell
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