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The Worst NBA Defeats In The 21st Century: Memphis Beating OKC By 73 Points Is Clearly No. 1

The Worst NBA Defeats In The 21st Century: Memphis Beating OKC By 73 Points Is Clearly No. 1

The Memphis Grizzlies had a sweet Thursday night, as they totally dismantled the young Oklahoma City Thunder team that had no response against a team that played without their biggest star. 

Ja Morant's absence wasn't an impediment for the Grizzlies, who beat OKC 152-79, a 73-point beatdown that made history. It was really a huge win for Memphis, who eclipsed what the Dallas Mavericks did last season against the Los Angeles Clippers. At the time, Luka Doncic and co. beat the Californians with a 51-point gap. 

After that incredible display, Redditor "displacedindavis" got to work and listed off the worst defeats in NBA in the 21st century (45 points or more). After that incredible performance, the Grizzlies sit atop of the list. 

RankDateWinning TeamLosing TeamFinal Score (Differential)

1

12/02/21

Memphis 

Oklahoma City 

152-79 (+73)

2

03/22/18 

Charlotte

Memphis 

140-79 (+61)

3

04/27/09

Denver

New Orleans

121-63 (+58)

4

05/01/21

Indiana

Oklahoma City

152-95 (+57)

5

12/08/18

Boston

Chicago 

133-77 (+56)

6

01/11/11

Los Angeles Lakers

Cleveland

112-57 (+55)

7

04/30/15

Chicago

Milwaukee

120-66 (+54)

T-8

11/08/01

Minnesota 

Chicago

127-74 (+53)

T-8

11/13/14

Dallas

Philadelphia 

123-70 (+53)

T-8

04/02/21

Toronto

Golden State

130-77 (+53)

T-11

01/31/03

Detroit 

Boston

118-66 (+52)

T-11

03/16/08

Denver

Seattle

168-116 (+52)

T-13

03/28/03

Indiana 

Chicago 

140-89 (+51)

T-13

12/07/15

San Antonio

Dallas

119-68 (+51)

T-13

12/27/20

Dallas 

Los Angeles Clippers 

124-73 (+51)

T-16

01/10/10

Milwaukee

Charlotte 

137-87 (+50)

T-16

03/18/07

Houston

Philadelphia

124-74 (+50)

T-16

01/24/10

Dallas 

New York

128-78 (+50)

T-16

11/02/15

Golden State 

Memphis 

119-69 (+50)

T-16

11/14/18

Dallas 

Utah

118-68 (+50)

T-21

03/14/16

Houston 

Memphis 

130-81 (+49)

T-21

01/22/17

Dallas 

Los Angeles Lakers 

112-73 (+49)

T-21

11/24/17 

Golden State 

Chicago 

143-94 (+49)

T-21

11/16/19

Los Angeles Clippers 

Atlanta 

150-101 (+49)

T-21

02/28/21

Memphis 

Houston 

133-84 (+49)

T-26

02/02/09

Phoenix 

Sacramento

129-81 (+48)

T-26

03/06/14

Los Angeles Clippers 

Los Angeles Lakers 

142-94 (+48)

T-26

11/14/14

New Orleans 

Minnesota 

139-91 (+48)

T-26

03/28/16

Utah 

Los Angeles Lakers 

123-75 (+48)

T-26

10/18/17

Portland 

Phoenix 

124-76 (+48)

T-26

02/07/18

San Antonio 

Phoenix 

129-81 (+48)

T-26

11/20/19

Dallas  

Golden State 

142-94 (+48)

T-26

04/03/21

Portland 

Oklahoma City 

133-85 (+48)

T-34

12/13/03

Memphis 

New Jersey

110-63 (+47)

T-34

04/10/17

Chicago 

Orlando 

122-75 (+47)

T-34

12/04/17

Utah 

Washington 

116-69 (+47)

T-34

03/31/19

Golden State 

Charlotte 

137-90 (+47)

T-34

11/30/19

Houston 

Atlanta 

158-111 (+47)

T-34

12/07/19

Philadelphia 

Cleveland 

141-94 (+47)

T-34

02/28/20

Milwaukee 

Oklahoma City 

133-86 (+47)

T-34

12/29/20

Milwaukee 

Miami 

144-97 (+47)

T-42

02/02/00

Phoenix 

Los Angeles Clippers 

114-68 (+46)

T-42

02/04/00

Los Angeles Lakers 

Utah 

113-67 (+46)

T-42

01/09/04

Los Angeles Lakers 

Atlanta 

113-67 (+46)

T-42

01/28/17

Golden State 

Los Angeles Clippers 

144-98 (+46)

T-42

11/15/17

Atlanta 

Sacramento

126-80 (+46)

T-42

02/12/18

Golden State 

Phoenix 

129-83 (+46)

T-42

12/07/19

Dallas 

New Orleans

130-84 (+46)

T-42

02/23/20

Toronto

Indiana 

127-81 (+46)

T-42

04/03/21 

Utah 

Orlando 

137-91 (+46)

T-51

03/26/00

Houston 

Chicago 

123-78 (+45)

T-51

11/18/00

Utah 

Chicago 

109-64 (+45)

T-51

10/31/02

Washington 

Boston 

114-69 (+45)

T-51

12/06/05

Phoenix 

Portland 

130-85 (+45)

T-51

01/13/07

Chicago 

Memphis 

111-66 (+45)

T-51

11/29/07

Boston 

New York 

104-59 (+45)

T-51

12/31/07

Detroit 

Milwaukee 

114-69 (+45)

T-51

12/28/08

Boston 

Sacramento 

108-63 (+45)

T-51

12/21/10

Chicago 

Philadelphia 

121-76 (+45)

T-51

11/26/12

Oklahoma City 

Charlotte 

114-69 (+45)

T-51

01/28/13

Houston 

Utah 

125-80 (+45)

T-51

02/27/13

Oklahoma City 

New Orleans 

119-74 (+45)

T-51

02/09/14

Los Angeles Clippers 

Philadelphia 

123-78 (+45)

T-51

12/17/16

Golden State 

Portland 

135-90 (+45)

T-51

11/15/18

Denver 

Atlanta 

138-93 (+45)

During the 2000s, the league made changes to ensure the game was more entertaining, favoring offensive players over defenders. This led to higher scoreboards, but sometimes, big results come in the form of beatdowns, like the Grizzlies showed this week. 

Curiously, Memphis is part of the first two positions on the list, yet, they are in different zones in each of them. The Charlotte Hornets demolished them in 2018 in a 140-79 win at Spectrum Center. The Thunder is part of the top five twice. Contrary to Memphis, they've been the losing team both times, recording a 152-95 loss against the Indiana Pacers a couple of months ago. 

Whenever these defeats happen, fans are ready to compare them to prior ones, make memes about the losing team, and more. This list has a lot of teams on it, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, but that's how this league works. You're not bad or good forever.