- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets snapped a six-game skid and doubled last season's win total -- but it wasn't easy. Deron Williams' step-back, 15-foot jumper from the left baseline was the difference as New Jersey fended off the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-105 Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
The Nets (24-53) blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead, only to have Williams -- who tied his career-high with 21 assists -- bail them out. Minnesota (17-61) has now lost 11 straight.
TURNING POINT: When Anthony Randolph lost the ball while he was trying to convert a breakaway layup that would've given the Wolves a 105-104 lead with 25 seconds left. Michael Beasley eventually tied the score at 105 with seven seconds remaining, but the outcome could've been different had Randolph finished off the bucket, which came after Brook Lopez lost an inbounds pass near midcourt.
MAKING AN IMPACT: Williams also had 18 points on 6-for-15 shooting and four rebounds . Lopez added a game-high 30 points -- 14 in the first quarter -- and 12 rebounds. Sasha Vujacic also had a double-double: 17 points and 10 rebounds. Randolph and Beasley each had 20 points for the Wolves.
NUMBERS CRUNCH: The Nets, the NBA's 28th-best scoring team (93.8 ppg), took advantage of the Wolves, the league's worst defensive team (106.6 ppg), shooting 47.2 percent from the field and scoring 107 points against them. New Jersey went 9-for-20 from 3-point range. The Nets were outrebounded 46-37.
WALKING WOUNDED: The Nets were without Kris Humphries (sprained right ankle, sore knee) and Anthony Morrow (left knee tendinitis).
UP NEXT: The Nets travel to the motor city to take on the Pistons on Wednesday night. Just like Tuesday, the game will not be televised.
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