What if I told you the above photo was taken in the third quarter of a playoff game in a contested series? Would you believe me?
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Well, you should. Denver's 121-63 win over New Orleans in Game 4 of the teams' first-round series was an absolute abomination of a game. Twenty-seven turnovers for New Orleans coupled with 30 percent shooting. It was the biggest playoff rout ever, tying the Minneapolis Lakers' 133-75 win over the St. Louis Hawks in 1956. Just brutal. Chris Paul had the worst game of his career, and the Nuggets clicked. They clicked all over the place. Click, click, click.
The arena emptied by the end of the third quarter (Do you blame 'em?) and Denver has every iota of momentum heading home for Game 5. Before we move on to that one, let's put this contest into perspective.
Cleveland absolutely dominated Detroit in a four-game sweep the Cavaliers wrapped up Sunday. The series was never a series. From tip to buzzer, the Cavaliers dominated.
Yet Denver -- in one road game -- nearly matched Cleveland's series-long points advantage.
In four dominating wins, the Cavaliers racked up a plus-62 over the Pistons. In one game, the Nuggets racked up a plus-58. That was a series worth of obliteration, conveniently packaged in one small game!
This was the sort of game that gets dudes fired. How you feeling, Byron Scott?
Yep. That's about right.