Special Report

20 Biggest Blowouts in Sports History

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15. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
> Result: 162-99
> Sport: NBA
> Date: March 19, 1972

On their way to the 1972 NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers delivered one of the worst pummelings in American sports history to the Golden State Warriors. Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West were held relatively in check by the Warriors. Gail Goodrich scored 30, one of eight Los Angeles players in double digits. The Warriors were actually one of the best teams in the NBA that season, making the 63-point win even more impressive.

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14. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat
> Result: 148-80
> Sport: NBA
> Date: Dec. 17, 1991

The Cleveland Cavaliers win against Miami Heat on Dec. 17, 1991, remains the most lopsided victory in NBA history. The Cavaliers pummeled the Heat 148-80. No single Cavalier scored 20 points, but eight of them recorded double digit point totals. Though this game was more than 25 years ago, no NBA matchup has ever surpassed its 68-point differential.

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13. Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles
> Result: 30-3
> Sport: MLB
> Date: Aug. 22, 2007

On Aug. 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers scored 30 runs, the only team in modern baseball history to do so. The Rangers actually trailed 3-0 going into the fourth inning before their bats got going. By the time the game ended, the team clubbed six home runs and each Rangers starter had at least two hits. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez had seven RBIs apiece. Though the Rangers were likely tired from rounding the bases all day, they actually had to play another game that day, as the 30-3 romp was the first game of a doubleheader. The Rangers beat the Orioles again 9-7 in a game that started about a half hour after the first game ended.

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12. Manchester United vs. Ipswich Town
> Result: 9-0
> Sport: Premier League Soccer
> Date: March 4, 1995

Soccer matches aren’t always high-scoring affairs, but Manchester United simply would not stop scoring in a 1995 match against Ipswich Town’s. The Red Devils netted nine goals, five of which came from Andy Cole, setting the Premier League record for goals scored by a player in a single game. The record has since been matched, though not bested.

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11. Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers
> Result: 15-0
> Sport: NHL
> Date: Jan. 23, 1944

Still considered today as the most lopsided match in NHL history, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers 15-0 on Jan. 23, 1944. Ten Red Wings scored as the last place Rangers were hopelessly outmatched, only mustering nine shots on goal. Even as the game got out of hand, the Red Wings didn’t let up. Syd Howe netted a hat trick in the last eight minutes of the game. ESPN reported that the Red Wings slapped another shot past New York’s goalie just after the buzzer sounded, which would have been the 16th goal.