Rapid Reaction: Timberwolves 107, Nets 96
November, 5, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets turned into the New Jersey Nets, letting a 22-point lead slip away and inexplicably losing to the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-96, on Monday night in front of just 14,017 at the Barclays Center.
The Timberwolves, playing the second half of a back-to-back, were without stars Kevin Love (fractured right hand) and Ricky Rubio (torn ACL/MCL, left knee).
The Nets lost despite shooting 56.3 percent from the field and draining 14 3-pointers.
They were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter.
D-WON’T: Deron Williams notched his first double-double of the season (18 points and 13 assists), but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
B.K. BOMBERS: The Nets made four of their first five shots from beyond the arc and continued their hot long-range shooting throughout the game, finishing 14-for-21 from downtown (66.7 percent). Six different Nets made 3-pointers.
FILLING IN: Keith Bogans started in place of the injured Gerald Wallace and scored nine points in 14 minutes. Wallace missed the game due to a sprained left ankle. He is considered day to day.
CAROM COUNTER: Brook Lopez has grabbed 13 rebounds in two games so far this season (eight Monday).
DEBUTANTS: Tyshawn Taylor (two points in six minutes) and Mirza Teletovic (five points in eight minutes) both made their NBA debuts.
BRONX-LYN: It looked very much like it usually does at Yankee Stadium on Monday night: The upper deck was packed, while there were several pockets of empty seats in the lower bowl.
UP NEXT: The Nets travel to Miami to take on LeBron James and the rest of the defending champion Heat on Wednesday night.
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