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          === Surging Nets post first win in Minnesota since 2002 ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports Network)  - Not  even a decade's  worth of losing in
 Minnesota could slow down the surging Brooklyn Nets.
 
 Brook  Lopez  scored a game-high  22 points to go  with seven rebounds and the
 Nets  captured  their  first  win  in Minneapolis  since  2002  with  a  91-83
 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
 
 Joe  Johnson  and  Deron  Williams  each  netted  18  points,  while  Williams
 dished  out  eight assists  in the  Nets' third  straight victory. C.J. Watson
 added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench in just 20 minutes of play.
 
 "We're  winning  in multiple  ways, keeping teams  off balance," said Johnson.
 Everybody  else is  just feeding off the  energy but the fact that they made a
 run and we still held them off on their home floor means a lot."
 
 Brooklyn  improved  to 12-2  under the  leadership of  interim head coach P.J.
 Carlesimo,  who has  the Nets  within a  half-game of  the Atlantic  Division-
 leading New York Knicks.
 
 Ravaged  by  injuries, the  Timberwolves were without  All-Star Kevin Love for
 the  10th  straight game  and  also  did not  have  center  Nikola Vucevic  or
 guard Alexey Shved for the third consecutive contest.
 
 Andrei  Kirilenko  tallied  a  team-high  with  15  points,  Dante  Cunningham
 followed  with 14  off the  bench and  Jose Juan  Barea scored  11 with  eight
 assists  for  the Timberwolves,  who  have  lost  seven  of their  last  eight
 contests.
 
 "I  don't think we have a problem with effort, which is great" said Kirilenko.
 "It's  tough, but  we continue  working.  All we  can  do right  now is  stick
 together. There's not much we can do."
 
 Despite being shorthanded, the Timberwolves were able to rally from a 14-point
 third-quarter deficit to come within two early in the fourth.
 
 Back  on  Nov. 5,  Minnesota overcame  a 22-point  hole to  defeat the Nets in
 Brooklyn,  but the Nets  weren't about to let that happen again, as they would
 lead this contest wire-to-wire.
 
 After Cunningham's jumper brought the Timberwolves within 70-68, Watson reeled
 off  seven straight  points, knocking  down a  triple between  a pair  of long
 jumpers to put Brooklyn back on top by nine.
 
 Keeping Minnesota within striking distance, Barea finished a layup to pull the
 T'Wolves  within three,  but  Johnson immediately  responded  for Brooklyn  by
 burying a triple for an 80-74 advantage.
 
 Barea  continued to keep the Nets on their heels, knocking down a 3-pointer to
 bring  the T'Wolves  within  82-77 with  just over  2  1/2 minutes  remaining.
 However, they never came any closer.
 
 Soon  after, Williams  followed Lopez's layup with a triple from the corner to
 stake the Nets to an 89-79 lead, all but sealing the victory.
 
 The Nets got off to a strong start, taking an early 12-point lead after making
 nine of their first 12 shots from the field, which helped them to a 24-17 edge
 by the end of the first quarter.
 
 Williams  helped push  the Nets' advantage to double-digits late in the second
 when he scored nine straight points. Lopez then added a layup to send Brooklyn
 into halftime with a 53-42 lead.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Brooklyn  ended  a eight-game losing streak  in Minnesota and improved to 5-17
 all-time  at Target Center  ... Minnesota is just 5-13 in its last 18 contests
 and 2-7 under assistant coach Terry Porter, who continues to coach the team as
 Rick  Adelman cares  for his sick wife  ... Chris Johnson scored 12 points off
 the bench for Minnesota ... The T'Wolves outshot the Nets 45.8 percent to 44.0
 percent for the night.
 
 
 
 01/23 23:58:37 ET

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