The Nets (39-33) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-36) Sunday by a final score of 114-99.
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Joe Johnson had 19 points, with four rebounds and three assists.
Rookie point guard Jorge Gutierrez made an impact off the bench late, with three assists and three steals in 8:31, all in the fourth quarter as Brooklyn pulled away.
Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer each scored 21 points to lead the T-Wolves.
Six Nets scored at least 13 points, as they overcame turnover trouble and pulled away late and won their 13th straight home game, tying a franchise record.
Jon Presser, ContributorThe Nets got off to a hot start, scoring 30 points in the first quarter thanks in large part to Pierce’s strong shooting night. Minnesota scored 27, 27, and 28 points in the first three quarters and even took the lead in the at one point in the third quarter, feasting off turnovers to threaten Brooklyn’s home win streak.
However, the Nets outscored the T-Wolves 29-17 in the fourth quarter, securing their 13th home win in a row. Pierce had 16 points in the first quarter, one game after scoring 17 in the first quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in Pierce’s career that he scored 16+ points in back-to-back first quarters.
The Nets’ home win streak is now the longest home win streak in the NBA this season, and they’ve now won 20 of their last 22 games at the Barclays Center.
The Nets will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host the Houston Rockets to kick off the final month of the regular season. Tip off is set for 8:00 pm.