Final Score: Brooklyn 114, Minnesota 99
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce scored a game-high 22 points to
lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 114-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Joe Johnson added 19 points, Andray Blatche scored 14 and Mason Plumlee
finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who matched a
franchise record with their 13th straight win at home.
Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson also scored 13 points for Brooklyn, which
still trails Toronto by 2 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division standings after
the Raptors defeated Orlando on Sunday.
The Nets won 13 straight at home twice during the 2001-2002 season.
"Well, we control our own destiny," Nets coach Jason Kidd said.
Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer scored 21 points apiece in the setback and Kevin
Love finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had
won two straight entering the contest.
"I might be getting sick or something. I just had zero energy in the second
half; got nothing," said Love, who recorded a double-double on Friday.
Brooklyn led 85-84 following Martin's 3-pointer 25 seconds into the fourth
quarter, but used a 13-4 run to take a 98-88 lead with 6:51 to go. The Nets
lead ballooned to 17 with 44 seconds left before cruising to victory.
Minnesota jumped out to a 12-6 lead just over four minutes into the game, but
Brooklyn scored seven straight to take a 13-12 lead. A Martin 3-pointer made
it 18-15 with 5:36 left, but Brooklyn used a 14-5 run to take a 29-23 lead
The Nets led 30-27 at the end of the first.
Mirza Teletovic buried a 3-pointer near the midway point of the second to push
the Brooklyn lead to 49-36, but the Wolves outscored the Nets 18-10 the rest
of the way to make it 59-54 entering the break.
Minnesota continued to claw its way back into the game and eventually took a
71-66 lead after Martin threw down a fastbreak slam. After Johnson tied the
game at 72-72 with a jumper moments later, the Nets opened an 11-2 run to take
an 83-75 lead with 1:33 left in the third.
Brooklyn carried an 85-82 edge into the final frame.
Pierce scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for the first time since
December. He also scored 22 in Friday's win over Cleveland ... Both teams
scored 23 points off 20 turnovers ... The Nets finished 43-of-86 from the
field ... Minnesota's bench scored just 23 points.
03/30 23:59:52 ET
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