The Skinny: Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez combined to score the first 18 Nets? points. The Timberwolves had more turnovers than points five minutes into the game, allowing the Nets to start the contest on a 14-2 run. Brooklyn led by as many as 12 but cooled off a bit, leading by seven after one.
Minnesota?s second unit infused the team with energy and cut the Nets? lead to one in the opening minutes of the second quarter. After settling in, Andray Blatche and the ?Bench Mob? finally found their offensive groove, giving the Nets a nine-point lead. Deron Williams and Minnesota?s Chris Johnson kept the offensive pace going, with Williams scoring nine straight Nets? points late in the quarter. Brooklyn increased its lead to 11 at the break.