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By Dave Campbell, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS—Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night.
The Nets improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, and they're 9-1 with their preferred starting lineup: Lopez, the NBA's highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece, and the Nets never trailed despite some sloppy stretches of play.
C.J. Watson added 14 points for the Nets, who won for the first time in their last nine games at Minnesota. The Wolves have lost seven of their last eight overall.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Brooklyn Nets (25-16)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-21)
|G · Ricky Rubio||G · Luke Ridnour||F · Andrei Kirilenko||F · Derrick Williams||C · Greg Stiemsma|
Chase Budinger (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is OUT.
Malcolm Lee (right knee, right hip surgery) is OUT.
Kevin Love (broken right hand) is OUT.
Nikola Pekovic (right thigh contusion) is OUT.
Brandon Roy (arthroscopic surgery, right knee) is OUT.
Alexey Shved (sprained left ankle) is DOUBTFUL.
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|22 PTS, 7 REB
10-16 FGs, 2 BLK