Sharpshooting T'Wolves Bury Nets 132-118 - NBC New York

Sharpshooting T'Wolves Bury Nets 132-118



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    Nets guard Markel Brown shoots against Timberwolves forward Greg Smith in the first half. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves shot a franchise-record 68.4 percent to beat the Brooklyn Nets 132-118 on Saturday night.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Andrew Wiggins had 26, Zach LaVine scored 21 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points for the Timberwolves. The Wolves had a season-high 36 assists to bounce back from an ugly loss in Milwaukee on Friday night.

    Markel Brown scored 23 points and Thomas Robinson added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets. Brooklyn played without starters Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, who both sat out to rest.

    Minnesota's previous franchise record was 67.1 set against the Lakers in 2014.

    Everything went in for the Wolves, who didn't have one player miss more than four shots in the game.

    The Nets are in the middle of a nine-game road trip, and interim coach Tony Brown decided to rest Lopez and Young on the second night of a back-to-back after playing heavy minutes Friday in Denver. The Nets entered the night just one victory ahead of the Wolves in the race to the bottom, with the team with the worse record getting a better chance at the No. 1 pick in the NBA's draft lottery.

    A team that rested its two best players in a game like this normally might be accused of tanking, but not the Nets. Their first-round draft choice is owned by Boston.

    Without Lopez to patrol the paint and Young to spread the floor, the Nets were toast. 

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