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Wolves 98, Nets 91; Pekovic gives Lopez fits

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets played down to their competition and were out-executed down the stretch by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 98-91 loss on Wednesday night at Barclays Center. The Nets dropped to 2-2.

Player of the game: Nikola Pekovic (16 points, 11 rebounds) had a key three-point play that gave the Timberwolves a 94-91 lead in the final minute. Pekovic also gave Brook Lopez (10 points, five rebounds) problems all night. Compliments to the Tree Trunk.

Stat of the game: The Nets started 1-for-11 from the field -- at one point missing eight straight shots -- as they fell behind 17-2. Brooklyn had eight turnovers in the third quarter alone.

Play of the game: Bojan Bogdanovic flipped the ball around his back -- John Wall style -- before finishing a layup on the fastbreak in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Anthony Bennett posterized Mason Plumlee.

History: Kevin Garnett became the fifth player in NBA history to play at least 49,000 career minutes, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.

Up next: The East River "rivalry" (and we use the term loosely) resumes on Friday night when the Nets host the New York Knicks.