NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Brooklyn|
(Monday, November 5th)
Final Score: Minnesota 107, Brooklyn 96
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Chase Budinger scored 14 of his 16 points in
the second half as the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the Brooklyn Nets their
first loss at the Barclays Center with a 107-96 come-from-behind victory.
Nikola Pekovic poured in a game-high 21 points, while Andrei Kirilenko
recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help the Timberwolves
overcome a 22-point third-quarter deficit and improve to 2-1 without injured
stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.
Minnesota outscored the Nets by a whopping 58-25 margin over the final 20
minutes and finished the game on an 11-0 run to spoil Brooklyn's second
regular-season game at its brand new facility.
"We just kept talking about getting tougher down the stretch," Timberwolves
coach Rick Adelman said of the team's second-half turnaround. "We had to get
stops in that fourth quarter. We played with a real edge in that fourth
quarter and it just turned the whole thing around."
The Nets went just 13-of-41 (33.3 percent) from the field in the second half
and mustered a mere 10 points during the fourth quarter.
Joe Johnson had 19 points and Deron Williams amassed 18 points and 13 assists
for the new-look Nets, who christened their arrival in Brooklyn with a 107-100
home win over Toronto on Saturday.
The Timberwolves trailed 71-49 three minutes into the second half and were
facing a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter before taking
control of the game. Budinger netted six points during a 13-5 run that closed
the gap to 84-73 late in the period, and Minnesota dominated the early stages
of the fourth quarter to forge ahead for the first time since the opening
Down 92-84 with under eight minutes left, Budinger and Alexey Shved knocked
down back-to-back 3-pointers and Dante Cunningham hit a jumper to pull
Minnesota even near the halfway mark of the final quarter.
The teams would remain tied at 96-96 when Shved's floater with 2:35 left put
the Timberwolves ahead. Pekovic, saddled with foul trouble for much of the
night, scored around a minute later to make it a four-point game, before
Budinger delivered the dagger by sinking a trey with 38.9 seconds to go for a
"We should be able to put teams away and keep them at distance, not give up a
20-point lead," Williams admitted. "It's definitely disappointing, definitely
embarrassing, given who they are missing."
Brooklyn held a slim 29-27 edge near the end of the first quarter, but
controlled the tempo all throughout the second to go into halftime with a
seemingly comfortable 62-47 advantage.
MarShon Brooks scored the final four points of a 9-1 run that put the Nets
ahead by a 38-28 count three minutes into the period, and an 8-0 tear capped
by 3-pointers from C.J. Watson and Johnson later on pushed the margin to 59-43
heading into the final minute of the half.
Minnesota would close to within 12 on a Luke Ridnour triple followed by 1-of-2
free throws from the veteran guard, but Brooklyn's Mirza Teletovic buried a
fastbreak basket from beyond the arc to enable the Nets to enter the break
Brooklyn shot 59.5 percent and sank 8-of-13 three-point attempts over the
first two quarters, with Johnson leading the way with 12 points.
The Nets remained hot after intermission, with Keith Bogans knocking down a 3-
pointer to open the third quarter and Williams draining a pair of long-range
jumpers shortly afterward to stake the hosts to a 71-49 lead.
The Timberwolves finished with a 47-35 advantage in bench points ... Minnesota
has now prevailed in six of its last seven matchups with the Nets ... Shved,
who tallied a career-best 10 points off the bench, and Kirilenko were
teammates for CSKA Moscow last season, a team that was once owned by Brooklyn
owner Mikhail Prokhorov ... Bogans started in place of Gerald Wallace, who was
held out after spraining his left ankle in the Nets' season opener. Forward
Josh Childress was also inactive for Brooklyn due to an ankle injury.
11/06 01:38:35 ET