Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
Timberwolves84Final
Nets113
Game 2: Sunday, March 29th
Nets99Final
Timberwolves108

Timberwolves 84

(4-14, 2-8 away)

Nets 113

(10-8, 4-5 home)

    Coverage: YES

    7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2008

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 17 24 25 1884
    NJ 31 19 33 30113

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: A. Jefferson 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    New Jersey: J. Hayes 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Carter scores 18 points, Nets rout Wolves

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter helped the New Jersey Nets bounce back from one of their most disappointing losses of the season.

    Carter had 18 points, and Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris each had 16 to help the Nets rout the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-84 on Friday night, New Jersey's biggest margin of victory this season.

    Jarvis Hayes added 14 points, Keyon Dooling had 12, and Bobby Simmons and Brook Lopez had 11 each to help New Jersey rebound from a 108-88 home loss to Washington on Tuesday night, a loss that stung after the Nets had won three straight on the road.

    Following the humbling defeat to the Wizards, Carter challenged the Nets to come back strong. The message clearly got through as New Jersey took out its frustration on Minnesota.

    "I made the statement, so I had to go out there and back it up," Carter said. "We were aggressive and ready to play, right from the jump ball. It's not about making shots. It's about getting to the basket, making plays for guys instead of being stagnant."

    It was a night in which every Net was involved, especially from 3-point range where they made 14 of 28, a season high.

    "I'm really proud of the way the guys responded, especially after the last game," Harris said. "We really jumped the lead in the third quarter and guys who came in to start the fourth finished it off."

    The Nets, an excellent 6-3 on the road, improved their IZOD Center record to 4-5. The Nets are 8-1 in the last nine against the Timberwolves in New Jersey.

    Randy Foye led Minnesota with 20 points.

    "They played a great game," Foye said. "They hit a lot of big 3s. It seemed like everything tonight was falling for them."

    Al Jefferson added 17 points for Minnesota, and Craig Smith, Sebastian Telfair and Rashad McCants each had 12. The Timberwolves have dropped four straight to fall to 4-14.

    The Nets took charge early, leading by 17 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. The Timberwolves battled back to trim the Nets advantage to 50-41 at the half.

    New Jersey put the game out of reach with a 14-4 run in the third quarter, capped off by Lopez's dunk on a feed from Harris that put the Nets up 70-51.

    "Give them credit," said Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman. "They shot the heck out of the ball. Vince attacked us in the high pick-and-roll, getting all the way to the rim, which got them going. We can't give up both, inside and outside. That's what happened tonight."

    Game notes


    The Timberwolves put Mike Miller on the inactive list for the game. He participated in the morning shootaround, hoping to play despite a right ankle sprain suffered in Minnesota's last game, a 100-89 loss in Orlando on Wednesday night. ... Josh Boone could return to the Nets by the middle of next week. He has missed 11 games because of a left ankle contusion. ... Carter and Harris started the game as the highest scoring backcourt in the league, averaging a combined 48.1 points. ... Jason Collins returned to New Jersey for the first time he was traded to Memphis last season. Collins was dealt to Minnesota over the summer. He played his first six years with the Nets, often as the starting center or power forward. ... The Timberwolves were whistled for three technicals: Telfair, Wittman and Smith. ... It was the first time this season the Nets had seven players score in double figures.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    NJ
    Points 84 113
    FGM-FGA 29-68 (.426) 39-74 (.527)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 14-28 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 24-29 (.828) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 8-39
    Assists 17 22
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 3 5
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 16 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 29

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    New Jersey
    Al Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 17
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Jarvis Hayes Hayes
    Points: 14
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0