Trail Blazers

Blazers make history for all the wrong reasons in collapse to Bulls

Trail Blazers

From the start of this game - immediately after tip-off - one would think the Portland Trail Blazers had this game in the bag. 

The Portland Trail Blazers got off to a hot shooting start against the visiting Chicago Bulls attempting and making their first four shots from three-point range. Portland set a season-high record for eight threes in a quarter and took a 39-21 lead after 15 minutes of play. 

Then, the not-so-good.

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After stretching their lead to as many as 20 points, the second half wasn’t so kind to the Trail Blazers. 

Portland was outscored 66-54 in the second half and despite that hot shooting start, would fall to Chicago by a final score of 111-108.

But unfortunately, that isn’t the worst part of it all.

This Trail Blazers collapse also made history.

And not in a good way.

It also doesn't help that the Bulls were seriously undermanned heading into Tuesday's game. That adds even more insult to injury.

"This is a game in the first half we showed how we were supposed to play, we didn't play that way the whole game,” said Portland head coach Terry Stotts after the game.

Seven Bulls players finished in double figures including all five starters (Otto Porter Jr., Patrick Williams, Wendell Carter Jr., Coby White and Zach LaVine) and two players off the bench (Thaddeus Young and Garrett Temple). 

 

If there's anything good to come out of a loss to the Bulls is that the Trail Blazers play 10-of-12 at home and against winnable opponents. 

Next up: The Trail Blazers (3-4) will face the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5) Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PST at home on NBCSNW.