Jason Kidd scored a season-high 33 points for the Nets.
Kidd scored a season-high 33 points and Martin added a
career-high 31 on Wednesday night as the Nets beat Minnesota
117-112 in overtime after blowing a 19-point fourth-quarter lead.
"We could have folded but we didn't," coach Byron Scott said
after the Nets won their fourth straight game and continued the
franchise's best start (16-7).
"Jason and Kenyon were fantastic. They didn't want to lose this
The Nets missed 5-of-8 free throws when they had a chance to ice
the game in the final 2:28 of regulation.
Minnesota's Kevin Garnett tied it with 10.5 seconds to play in
regulation, connecting connected from 10 feet. He finished with 29
points and 21 rebounds.
"We're giving up 100 points. That's not us," Garnett said.
"We've got to buckle down and play `D' for 48 minutes. Everybody.
We can't rely on the zone to do everything for us. It's not our
offense. It's our `D."'
Kidd, who was 11-of-21 from the field, stole the game in the
final minute of overtime, picking Garnett's pocket on the wing and
racing downcourt for a layup and a 112-110 lead.
"He does whatever he has to do to win the game," Scott said.
"Tonight he had to score."
After Wally Szczerbiak missed a 3-point attempt, Martin broke
ahead of the field for a dunk with 30.6 second to go.
"He's getting better and better," Scott said of Martin, who
was 12-of-18 from the field. "He's a talented, explosive player.
He's developing his game into something special."
Anthony Peeler missed a 3-pointer on the Timberwolves next trip
upcourt and Kidd iced the game by hitting three free throws.
The loss was the second tough one in as many nights for the
Timberwolves, who blew a 22-point lead in losing at home to Dallas
on Tuesday night.
"A loss is a loss," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "In this
league there are two things: winning and misery."
New Jersey was in position to win in regulation after taking a
95-76 lead with 7:58 to play on a jumper by Martin.
However, Minnesota ran off 15 straight point to draw to 95-91 on
a layup by Rasho Nesterovic with 4:38 to play.
Kidd stopped the run with a jumper but Chauncey Billups hit a
3-pointer to cut the lead to three and the Timberwolves missed a
chance to tie when Peeler missed a 3-pointer with 2:29 to go.
MacCulloch missed four free throws and Kidd one down the
stretch, which eventually set the stage for Minnesota to tie the
game on baskets by Szczerbiak and Garnett.
"Minnesota is a veteran ballclub and they are not going to
quit," Kidd said. "You could feel the tide start to turn in the
middle of the fourth quarter."
New Jersey missed four more free throws in the overtime but that
didn't hurt with the Timberwolves making only 4 of 12 from the
Peeler had 17 points, Joe Smith added 16 and Nesterovic had 14
points and 10 rebounds. Szczerbiak had 13 points and 10 rebounds
for the Timberwolves, who held a 58-43 edge on the boards
The Nets used a 22-5 spurt at the end of the third quarter and
the start of the fourth to take their big lead. Martin ignited the
run seconds, hitting a 3-pointer after getting a technical for
Game notes Minnesota point guard Terrell Brandon is scheduled to have
surgery on his left knee Thursday. He will be sidelined 2-to-3
weeks. ... Referee Dick Bavetta made an 8-seconds call against the
Timberwolves in the third quarter for failing to cross midcourt. It
came after Martin got a technical for getting in Garnett's face
following a dunk. ... MacCulloch made his first seven shots. ...
New Jersey's Lucious Harris left the game in the third quarter with
a broken nose. ... Minnesota had 20 turnovers, seven more than its