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Flat, Futile and Ultimately Forgettable

It wasn't just a loss. It was something special. Saturday's 86-68 loss to the Blazers was marked by record and near-record lows. The eight points in the first quarter tied a team record for fewest points in the first quarter and the 26 points in the first half bested the franchise low for a half by only two points. Other than a 10-4 run in the third quarter that gave fans some hope, the game was marked by missed shots, turnovers and general frustration. The Nets shot only 33.3% overall, half that from beyond the arc and less than twice that from the line. And to top it off, Cliff Robinson banged up his knee and will undergo an MRI. Vince Carter, clad in red for the first time since he left Toronto, led the Nets with 18 points and Nenad Krstic had 13. Jason Kidd and Boki Nachbar rounded out the double-digit scoring with 12 and 11 respectively. For the Blazers, who executed well throughout the game, Zach Randolph led the way with 20 and 16 while rookie LaMarcus Aldridge came away with 12. Portland was without Brandon Roy, Joel Pryzbilla and Raef LaFrentz. The Nets now embark on a four-game West Coast swing.