Blazers crash in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS Ouch. Clank. Thud. Crash.
That's the sound of the Trail Blazers hitting the NBA All-Star break.
The Blazers couldn't shoot straight Wednesday night as they continued to go off course at the end of a forgettable trip.
Portland managed a season-low 63 points in losing by 36 to the New Orleans Hornets. The 99-63 defeat left the Blazers 1-5 and with five consecutive setbacks as they limp, in more ways than one, into some brief time off.
"One of the most embarrassing nights of the year," Portland forward Nicolas Batum said.
Batum scored only three points, All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge had six, and point guard Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 12.
Portland's Big Three combined to make just 7 of 36 shots from the field, as the Blazers fired at a 32.4 percent clip and found the basket on 2 of 17 attempts from 3-point range.
Batum was 1 for 10, Aldridge 2 for 11 and Lillard 4 of 15.
Starting guard Wesley Matthews left for good less than two minutes into the game with a sprained left ankle.
Portland's only lead was 2-0.
The Blazers had no fast-break points.
They had six offensive rebounds to New Orleans' 15.
They had 18 turnovers to the Hornets' seven.
They were outscored 52-26 in the paint.
They trailed 19-14 after one quarter, 38-26 at halftime and 67-44 after three quarters.
Portland fell to 25-28 and into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for ninth in the NBA Western Conference, three games behind No. 8 Houston.
The Blazers are off until Tuesday, when they play host to Phoenix. Portland visits the Lakers on Friday, Feb. 22.
The Hornets, who have won four of their last five games, improved to 19-34.
Rookie big man Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 21 points (10 of 17 from the floor) and 11 rebounds, his ninth double double.