The Nets were dominating the Timberwolves until Brooke Lopez was taken out of the game with the score 80-63 with 5:16 left in the third quarter. By the time Lopez got back in the game in the fourth quarter, he and the rest of the team had gone ice cold.
It was a different story at the half, as the Nets were red hot from the field, shooting 71 percent, with Lopez leading the team with 12 points. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said after the game that in the first half the Nets killed his team with the pick-and-roll.
“I went small and we made switches on the pick-and-rolls,” he said. “At the end of the third quarter we were down 11, and I said the first five minutes of the fourth would be crucial to the game.”
In the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves got hot and outplayed the Nets on both ends of the court. On the last three important plays on offense for the Nets, Lopez, Joe Johnson and Josh Childress all threw up forced shots.
“It is something that shouldn’t happen,” said Nets guard Deron Williams. “It’s a game where we were up 20. It’s definitely disappointing and embarrassing.
The Nets won their season opener over the weekend, 107-100, over the Toronto Raptors.