Notebook: Timberwolves 107, Nets 96



Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:03 PM

By Jake Appleman, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: With the Barclays Center computers malfunctioning, the Nets coughed up a 22-point lead and lost to the Timberwolves, 107-96, at Barclays Center. Nikola Pekovic (17 points), Dante Cunningham (5 points), Chase Budinger (13 points) and Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, nine rebounds, six assists) out-muscled and outmaneuvered the Nets' frontcourt in the second half, as the Timberwolves were impressively able to mount their comeback on the second day of a back-to-back.

QUOTABLE: "We did a good job at chipping away."
-- Wolves point guard J.J. Barea

THE STAT: The Wolves outscored the Nets 32-10 in the fourth quarter.

TURNING POINT: Nikola Pekovic made an aggressive move in the lane to put the Wolves firmly in control at 100-96.

QUOTABLE II: "At the start of the fourth quarter, 11 down, I told them the first five minutes are going to be crucial in this game."
-- Wolves coach Rick Adelman.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The Nets' "Brooo-klyn" chant became a staple through the speaker's Public Address system...The Nets received lackluster support from fans in the lower bowl.

ROOKIE WATCH: Tyshawn Taylor and Mirza Teletovic had bright debuts for the Nets. Alexey Shved (six points) did some nice things for the Wolves.

NOTABLE: Keith Bogans, starting for an injured Gerald Wallace, began the game with a 3-pointer and then air-balled another attempt on the Nets' subsequent possession. All of his nine points came in the first quarter...The game saw a startling number of airballs....Nets point guards shot well and combined for 33 points and 19 assists, but could not prevent the Nets from their massive fourth-quarter collapse.

UP NEXT: For the Timberwolves, Wednesday vs. Orlando, Friday vs. Indiana, Saturday @ Chicago. For the Nets, Wednesday vs. Miami, Friday vs. Orlando, Sunday vs. Orlando.