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The Phoenix Suns opened their 50th NBA season with a historic performance… in a very bad way.

As widely reported, the team’s 48-point loss (124-76) against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday (Oct. 18) was the worst in franchise history.

The Suns’ previous worst loss was by 44 points, in a game against the Seattle Supersonics in 1988. They also lost by 44 points in a playoff game versus the Lakers in 2000.

Also, the Suns’ loss this week was the worst in an NBA season opener for any team. Sadly, the team trailed Portland by as many as 58 points in the fourth quarter.

The Suns had never lost at home by more than 39 points.

The Suns narrowly avoided their lowest regular-season single-game point total in franchise history. That record remains at 68 points, when they lost to the Kansas City Kings in 1981.