Fans came out in numbers to the Barclays Center Sunday night as the Nets were preparing to play the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Nets entered the game on a 12 game home winning streak, one game off of the franchise record. From the start of the first quarter you could already feel that Paul Pierce was in the right mindset to take over the game. Pierce started off hot by nailing 4 3-pointers and driving to the basket with ease for two more baskets. He scored 16 of his 22 points in the first quarter.
As the second quarter went underway Pierce didn’t attempt as many shots, but Marcus Thornton and Mirza Teletovic combined for 10 points to add to the Nets scoring. The Nets would then go into the half leading 59-54. The 3rd quarter wasn’t the best quarter for the Nets as Minnesota attempted a comeback lead by Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin, but Kevin Love wasn’t feeling the energy tonight to give the T-Wolves that extra push. Brooklyn managed to escape the third with their strong group of bench players. All the nets points were scored from inside the 3 point line in the quarter.
Later in the fourth, Brooklyn’s Alan Anderson hit 3 clutch 3-pointers to seal the Nets win. Brooklyn went on to win their 13th straight tying the team’s franchise record. Paul Pierce led the way with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and two steals. Joe Johnson added 19 points and was 8 of 13 from the field. Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin both score 21 for Minnesota.
Kevin Love Tweeted that the Nets salvaged their season because “They’re in the East.” Maybe Love isn’t aware that the Nets are 17-12 against Western Conference teams.
Joe Johnson became the 15th active player with 17,000 career points.
The Nets said before the game that Garnett, who has missed 16 straight games with back spasms, is hoping to play next weekend
Nets tie franchise record of most consecutive home victories.
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