Rapid Reaction: Nets at Timberwolves

Lenn Robbins recaps the Nets' 122-106 win to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Rapid Reaction: Nets at Timberwolves

Lenn Robbins recaps the Nets' 122-106 win to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Mar 17, 2015  |  00:53

Johnson to the Basket

Joe Johnson spins past a defender and sinks a nice layup.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:19

Williams to Young

Thaddeus Young catches a nice pass and sinks a tough layup.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:35

Plumlee Slam

Mason Plumlee drives to the basket and finishes with a big-time slam.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:18

Johnson to Young

Thaddeus Young catches a nice pass and finishes with a ferocious slam.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:29

‘Young’ Nets Blast Timberwolves, 122-106, With Franchise-Record 78 Points in the Paint

MINNEAPOLIS – When Thaddeus Young was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he thought he was going to be one of the cornerstones of the franchise.

But the Wolves decided to go young, not Young.

He wondered where his career was headed. As it turns out, it was headed to Brooklyn.

The Nets acquired Young, 26, from the Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Garnett. KG, a future Hall of Famer, did not play Monday night in the Nets' 122-106 blowout of the Wolves.

Young did play, and he sent a message to Minnesota’s management. He scored 19 points, grabbed three rebounds, had two assists and two steals as the Nets set a franchise record by scoring 78 points in the paint.

The Nets lead the NBA in points in the paint since the All-Star break, which coincides with the acquisition of the 6-8 forward.

Call it the Thaddeus Young Effect.

“I’m not going to stand on the outside and put up shot after shot,’’ Young told Brooklynnets.com. “I’m going to try to impose my will in the paint.’’

The win, the Nets' second straight, improved their record to 27-38. They got some help in the playoff race as Toronto blew out the Indiana Pacers. And the Jazz routed the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat and Celtics won.

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KEY PLAY: Brook Lopez put back the rebound of a Thaddeus Young miss and was fouled. He converted the three-point play, pushing a 58-55 lead to 61-55 and igniting a 9-0 run to end the second quarter. It gave the Nets a 67-55 lead at the break.

KEY STRETCH: During the Nets' 9-0 surge, they forced three turnovers and held the Wolves to 0-of-2 shooting. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams made steals.

KEY STAT: The Nets set a franchise record with 78 points in the paint. ‘Nuf said.

NETS GAINS: Bojan Bogdanovic played his strongest game since the All-Star break, scoring 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He had two open looks to break his career high of 22 but couldn’t get either to drop. Bogdanovic added four boards and two assists.

TALK: Lionel Hollins on what he likes about Thaddeus Young’s game:

"Mainly his versatility,’’ Hollins said. “He can get a rebound, come and dribble, and make the correct play on the break. He can post up. He’s shot the ball better from the three-point line than I ever knew him to be able to do. He gets steals and creates havoc on defense.’’

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