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Blazers Fire Coach Nate McMillan After 42-Point Loss to Knicks

Nate McMillan
Head coach Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers argues a call during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Feb. 15, 2012 in Oakland, California. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Portland Trail Blazers fired coach Nate McMillan a day after a 42-point loss to the New York Knicks.

Assistant Kaleb Canales will take over on an interim basis, team President Larry Miller said today in an e-mailed release.

“The season to this point hasn’t gone the way we had hoped it would, and after talking with Nate we decided it was best to part ways,” Miller said in the release.

Portland is 20-23, last in the National Basketball Association’s Northwest Division, 12 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The loss to the Knicks was the Trail Blazers’ worst defeat of the season and their fourth double-digit defeat in five games.

McMillan, 47, has a 266-269 mark in seven seasons with Portland, including playoff appearances in each of the past three years. The Trail Blazers’ second-longest tenured coach, he has an NBA coaching record of 478-452 in 12 seasons, including five with the Seattle SuperSonics.

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