The Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday set a new NBA record, but it’s one they no doubt wish went to someone else: Biggest ever loss.
In an away game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Grizzlies’ home court, FedExForum in Memphis, OKC lost 79-152, a 73-point defeat that had basketball fans on social media howling — except, of course, for fans of the Thunder.
With that humiliation, OCK breaks a record that stood for almost exactly 30 years, when the Miami Heat lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 140-88 point game — a 68 point loss — on Dec. 17, 1991.
Unfortunately, it’s not the only such record the team has set in 2021. Back in May, the Pacers defeated OKC 152-95, a 57-point loss that stands as the all-time worst home game defeat in NBA history.
Memphis set a few records too, incidentally. The team established new franchise records for total points, field goal percentage (62.5 %) and bench points in a single game.
In fairness, OKC’s star player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t play because he’s under concussion protocols. Still, ouuuch.
But at least the Thunder were philosophical after:
Naturally, people had jokes to celebrate the ignominious milestone. Here are some of the better ones: