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Nets Blow Huge Lead and Lose at the Buzzer

The regular season is looking a lot like the preseason did, as the Nets blew another big lead and failed to execute down the stretch in Minnesota Wednesday night. They took control in the second quarter, led by 14 at halftime and by as many as 19 in the third. But the Timberwolves went on a 21-4 run in the fourth and took the lead with 34 seconds to go. Brook Lopez then had his shot blocked by Al Jefferson, and after a Jonny Flynn free throw, Devin Harris tied the game with a drive with 18 seconds left. Minnesota ran down the clock and Damien Wilkins followed a Flynn miss with a bank shot at the buzzer to win the game. Lopez was dominant for most of the night, registering 27 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, but failed to score in the fourth. Terrence Williams and Yi Jianlian each recorded double-doubles and Harris finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The Nets held Minnesota to just 37 percent from the field, but were 0-8 from 3-point range themselves and turned the ball over 22 times. Jarvis Hayes left late in the first quarter with a strained left hamstring.