Worst. Game. Ever.

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Jesus #$(*&#@!$! Christ

121–63.

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Just let that sink in for a moment.

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This was, without a doubt, the worst professional basketball game played in the city of New Orleans by a team bearing the city's name. It was awful, horrendous, ugly and cringe inducing. Chris Paul called it a "whooping", David West labeled it "a systematic beating" and the crowd a New Orleans Arena was already pouring out before the third quarter ended.

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"I never thought anybody could win by 58 points in the playoffs," Carmelo Anthony said after the game.

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You'll have to excuse Anthony. The last time any team lost by this much was 53 years ago when the Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133–75. Some other things that happened in 1956:

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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to a second term as President of the United States.
  • A young, hip-swerving kid from Memphis named Elvis Presley hit the music charts with the hit "Heartbreak Hotel."
  • Morocco declared its independence from France.
  • Bob Barker made his television debut on the show "Truth or Consequences".
  • Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other men arrived in Cuba.

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How did it happen? Well, Denver began the game with a 33–11 run, they had seven players score in double figures, and they scored 41 points off the Hornets' 27 turnovers. The Nuggets also swarmed the Hornets defensively, limiting Chris Paul to just four points and the entire Hornets team to just 31.5% shooting.

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"I don't think I've ever had a team play defense like that," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Defensively, when you play this well, the offense just happens."

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So how do the Hornets bounce back? Byron Scott said he's going to let his players stew on this loss for a bit, let them rewind all the negatives for a day or two and just go back to work. Paul said something that may be lost on Hornets fans: "It's just one game." Though he also called this game "embarrassing" a number of times.

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Both Karl and Nuggets guard Chauncy Billups said they were convinced that Paul was injured and not as quick or effective as he usually is. Paul denied this, saying, "other than that whooping we just took, I'm fine." But the Hornets are clearly not 100%. Scott said Paul is "a little banged up" and that center Tyson Chandler is playing "on guts alone". Neither Paul nor Scott used injuries as an excuse, however, and the mindset for the Hornets seems to be that they have their backs against the wall and have nothing more to lose (well, other than the series).

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Make no mistake, this series is, technically, not over yet. But if there is any doubt in your mind as to which is the better team or who will ultimately win the series or if this Hornets team is due for a serious overhaul this offseason, well then, I can only hope you make it back to the real world soon. As far as reality checks are concerned, this ranks among the top.

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