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Nets Fall to Timberwolves Again

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With the second worst team at the Meadowlands Wednesday night, this looked to be a pretty good opportunity for a win. And it was. But the Nets couldn't get enough stops and they dropped their eighth straight game. The Nets trailed most of the night and were down 11 early in the fourth quarter when they went on an 11-2 run to cut it to two. They had one chance to tie in the final minutes, but turned the ball over and Minnesota was able to seal the game at the foul line down the stretch. In his first game since Nov. 2, Yi Jianlian scored 22 points on 7-12 shooting, hitting four threes in six attempts and adding eight rebounds. Courtney Lee (20 points) and Devin Harris (23 points, eight assists) also had big games offensively, but the Nets allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 48 percent from the field and were outrebounded 46-37. Among those on hand was Guo Shiqiang, Yi's coach with Team China. Rafer Alston sat with a sore neck.