New Jersey Nets: Nikola Pekovic
February, 3, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: Oh, the heartbreak. The Nets rallied from double-digit deficits on two occasions, but came up on the losing end of a 108-105 decision to the visiting Timberwolves on Friday night. The Nets dropped to 8-16 overall, 3-7 at home.
A-MO: Anthony Morrow had 15 of his career-high 42 points in the second quarter, igniting a 28-9 run with four 3-pointers, as the Nets turned a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead. Morrow finished with a career-high eight 3-pointers.
D-WILL: The Rock hates Deron Williams, too. He shot just 5-for-18 from the field there on Friday night, scoring 12 points. Granted, he did have 14 assists and snagged five rebounds.
TURNING POINT: A turnover by D-Will on a pass intended for Morrow led to a Luke Ridnour 3-pointer on the other end with 1:23 remaining, which snapped a 99-all tie. Shawne Williams' 3-pointer on the ensuing Nets possession rolled in and out, and D-Will committed another turnover when a ball caromed off his legs with 29.9 seconds left. Ridnour hit two free throws to make it 104-99, and Morrow followed with a four-point play to get the Nets within one. The teams exchanged points from there before D-Will committed his third critical turnover and the Nets fell.
PEK-ING UP THE SLACK: Kevin Love was just 5-for-16 from the field, but Nikola Pekovic stepped it up off the bench, scoring a team-high 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
HUMPTY HUMP: Kris Humphries shook off a 1-for-8 start to finish with 16 points and nine rebounds.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Humphries' emphatic block on Michael Beasley in the second quarter.
STAT OF THE GAME: The Timberwolves outscored the Nets in the paint, 52-38.
UP NEXT: Nets at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.