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Bench Woes Continue As Nets Drop Third Straight

For the third straight game, a poor second quarter doomed the Nets in Minnesota Wednesday night. This time, they were outscored 32-22 in the second, falling behind by nine at the half. The Nets faught back and were able to tie the game midway through the third quarter, but the Timberwolves immediately took back control of the game, built a nine-point lead early in the fourth, and cruised from there. Defense (or the lack thereof) was the story for the Nets as Minnesota shot 56% from the field. The Wolves got big contributions off the bench from Rashad McCants and Justin Reed, and the Nets could not stop Kevin Garnett, who scored 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed 16 boards. The Minnesota bench outscored that of the Nets 40-4. The Nets have now lost four straight games to the Timberwolves and 11 of their 13 road games against the Western Conference this season.