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The Portland Trail Blazers suffered a second home loss of the season after a low-scoring performance against the Toronto Raptors last night.

Toronto came away with a 99-85 win at the Moda Center after the Blazers endured a historic collapse in the second quarter.

Portland set a new franchise record for the fewest points in a quarter as they managed just six points after going extremely cold from the field. 

They shot just 1-of-17 and were in danger of not putting up a single field goal until Evan Turner saved them from that with a layup with 5.4 seconds left.

They went just over 14 minutes between field goals in a stretch where they missed 20 straight shots.

Head coach Terry Stotts summed it up perfectly in one word after the game.

"Brutal," he said. "It was tough. I felt bad for them because they're out there struggling.

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"I don't fault our effort, which as a coach, if they were just kind of going through the motions, that would be something else. But they were trying and we couldn't get anything done."

The Blazers are known for having one of the best NBA Twitter accounts and perfectly trolled their own team with a meme to express their thoughts at half-time.

It was a night to forget offensively for Portland and they'll surely never have a game as bad as this again.

Damian Lillard put up 36 points and C.J. McCollum added 16, but no other Trail Blazer hit double digits.

They put up a better fight in the second half, but the damage was already done and the Raptors ran away with the victory after leading by 19 at the half and stretching it to 26 after the break.

"I think we really hurt ourselves in that second quarter," said Lillard. "We had a 29-point first quarter, it was 29-29 at the end of one and you score six points in the second quarter, you're not giving yourself much of a chance.

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"They built the lead in that second quarter and we pretty much played them even in the second half."

The Blazers will hope this is a one-off game and will have a chance to bounce back from this disappointment when they travel to face the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

But scoring won't come any easier in Salt Lake City as their opponents have one of the best defences in the league and an elite shot blocker in Rudy Gobert.

The good news for Portland is that it can't get any worse than what they experienced last night.

Topics:
NBA
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum

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