Rapid Reaction: Nets 91, Wolves 83
January, 23, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPN NewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak in Minnesota (November 2002).
They did so with a 91-83 victory over the undermanned but feisty Timberwolves on Wednesday night at Target Center.
The Nets (26-16) have now won three in a row, and improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 16-0 overall against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played). They trail the Knicks by a half game for the Atlantic Division lead.
Brooklyn didn’t play well by any means, but overcame a 6-for-20 3-point shooting performance and 14 turnovers to come away with the win. The Nets out-rebounded the Timberwolves, 45-37.
BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez, who will find out if he’s named to his first All-Star team as a reserve on Thursday night, posted another fine line: 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocks on 10-for-16 shooting. Lopez hit his first four shots en route to 10 first-quarter points.
BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT: Deron Williams stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of 18 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, while Joe Johnson chipped in 18 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
C.J.’S DAY: C.J. Watson, who has struggled all season, delivered in a big way, scoring 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench -- including the team’s first nine in the fourth quarter.
STAGNANT: The Nets started off the third quarter by making just one of their first 10 shots. At one point, they went 6:01 without a field goal, allowing the Timberwolves to cut a 14-point deficit to five. The Nets ended up going 6-for-20 in the third and were outscored 20-15 in the quarter.
HOT START: The Nets scored the game’s first nine points and held a 14-2 lead 5 minutes, 25 seconds in.
SHORT-HANDED:The Timberwolves were without Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Alexy Shved.
UP NEXT: Nets at Grizzlies on Friday night at 8 p.m.