Largest NBA Finals Blowouts of All Time

Boston's Historic Start to NBA Finals Session

The Boston Celtics are in the midst of a historic run in the NBA Finals. With a 37-20 first-quarter lead over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1, the Celtics recorded the largest advantage after the first quarter of all time in NBA Finals history. Despite the sizeable lead, Boston's 17-point advantage doesn't quite measure up to the biggest blowouts in history.

The Top Five Biggest Blowouts in NBA Finals History

1. 1998 NBA Finals: Bulls def. Jazz 96-54 in Game 3

Held the Utah Jazz to 30% (21-70) shooting from the field, including 11.1% (1-9) from 3-point range, and forced 26 turnovers in a 42-point win. Utah's 54 points remain the fewest by a team in NBA playoff history.

2. 2008 NBA Finals: Celtics def. Lakers 131-92 in Game 6

Boston's Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen led a Celtics charge that overwhelmed Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in a 39-point rout. This marks the largest blowout in a closeout game in NBA Finals history, sealing Boston's first championship since 1986.

3. 2013 NBA Finals: Spurs def. Heat 113-77 in Game 3

San Antonio shot 52.9% from 3-point range en route to outscoring the Miami Heat 63-33 in the second half. Despite the 36-point loss, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh rallied the Miami Heat to a Game 4 win and ultimately the organization's second consecutive title.

4. 1978 NBA Finals: Washington Bullets def. Seattle SuperSonics 117-82 in Game 6

Elvin Hayes finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals, and the Washington Bullets had two other players with at least 12 rebounds. The Bullets' bench outscored Seattle's reserves 63-32, giving Washington a 35-point drubbing of the Seattle SuperSonics.

T-5. 1985 NBA Finals: Celtics def. Lakers 148-114 in Game 1

Scored 79 first-half points and led by 30 at the break. The 148 points by the Celtics still most ever in an NBA Finals game.

T-5. 1961 NBA Finals: Celtics def. Hawks 129-95

Bill Russell recorded 34 rebounds against 54 total rebounds for St. Louis. Boston scored 79 first-half points and led by as many as 30 points en route to a 34-point win.

While the Celtics' historic first quarter in Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals was impressive, they still have a way to go before matching the biggest blowouts in NBA history. The magnitude of these victories speaks to the level of dominance needed to achieve such lopsided outcomes.

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