LOS ANGELES — The Portland Trail Blazers started a two-game, Western Conference road trip by giving up nearly 50 points in the first quarter to the L.A. Clippers on the way to a 133-116 loss Tuesday night at Staples Center.
“I thought the first 16 minutes of the game, frankly, was a little embarrassing,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “We put up a good fight the last eight minutes of the second quarter and competed well at both ends, got back into it. But the first 16 minutes were extremely disappointing.”
The Trail Blazers are now 30-20 overall and 15-10 on the road this season. The loss extends Portland’s losing streak versus L.A. to five games and ensures that the Clippers will win the season series with one contest remaining.
While playing porous defense has been far too common for the Trail Blazers this season, they might have reached their nadir in the first quarter of Tuesday’s loss in Los Angeles. The Clippers made their first eight attempts, none of which were all that well contested, and would go on to put 47 points on the board, the most the Blazers have ever allowed in a first quarter in franchise history and the most the Clippers have ever put up in a first quarter, on 72 percent shooting from the field and 64 percent shooting from three.
But while Portland’s defense was almost nonexistent in the first quarter,…