The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off the biggest comeback since the 1998 season. Down 22 in the third quarter the Wolves went on a furious rally over the final quarter and a half to stun the Nets in their second game at the brand-new Barclays Center this season.
The Nets didn't trail at all in the second half until Nikola Pekovic scored with 4:30 to play to tie the game. With just 2:35 to play Alexey Shved made the go-ahead bucket. Shortly thereafter Shved also hit a shot in the lane, Pek converted on the inside and Budinger hit a three with 38 seconds to play making it 103-96.
The TWolves would score the final 11 points in the fourth quarter (an 11-0 run) to close the game and secure the W. With six minutes left in the third quarter the Wolves were down 71-49, Minnesota outscored Brooklyn 58-25 the rest of the way for the 107-96W.
Let's take a look at tonight's top performers for each squad...
Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves in scoring, but Andrei Kirilenko continues to show why he's worth $10million a year! Andrei "The Man Does Everything" Kirilenko. If there's one phrase that's synonymous with Kirilenko (when I talk about him), it's "The Man Does Everything!" However, you can thank that second unit for the win. Shved scored all 10 of his points in that final quarter. In fact, Shved had 10pts in the fourth and so did the Brooklyn Nets! Cunningham (along w/Kirilenko) registered a points-rebounds double-double. I don't think it's possible to pick a Minnesota Player of the Game.
For Brooklyn, they got 37 points from their backcourt (Johnson & Williams--though Johnson was more of the small forward tonight, with Bogans starting and Gerald Wallace injured). Brook Lopez followed up his 27-point season debut (vs. Toronto) with 13 tonight. They certainly could've used more from him. Lopez's starting frontcourt mate: Kris Humphries didn't help much either. Humph had just 2pts & 4reb in 23 minutes.
Let's take a look at the team stats...
The TWolves shot better percentages from the field and the line, out-rebounded Brooklyn by a +16 and a +6 in offensive boards, their 30 assists will certainly be one of the highest all season. Minnesota also held a staggering +28 in points in the paint. The Wolves also did a MUCH better job hanging onto the ball, turning it over just 11 times (compared to 24 times vs. Toronto on Sunday) for 16 Brooklyn points (compared to 32 Toronto points on Sunday).
The TWolves move to 2-1 on the season (and as of Nov. 5th they're 1st in the Northwest Divsion and 2nd in the Western Conference...not like it means much right now, though). That's all for now, the Wolves are back in action on Wednesday night vs. the Orlando Magic back at the Target Center, we'll have a full gameday preview of that sometime tomorrow evening. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
Cody D. Anderson
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