The Brooklyn Nets’ offense continues to click with Kyrie Irving in the rotation, but the team’s continual defensive issues overshadowed their work on the other end of the floor in a 136-125 loss on the road in Minnesota.
The Nets allowed the Timberwolves to score at least 30 points in every quarter, and allowed 72 points in the first half alone. The trio of D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 20+ points and combined for 70, and six Timberwolves scored in double figures.
Irving led the Nets with 30 points, but James Harden had an off night as a scorer, shooting just 4-for-13 from the field to finish with 13 points and 13 assists.
Here are highlights and reaction from Sunday’s loss:
Kyrie Irving my goodness pic.twitter.com/thQpRqzOfI
— Kess Express (@RealCodyMallory) January 24, 2022
The Timberwolves won a total of 23 games last season.
They’ve now won 23 games this season and still have 36 games remaining on the schedule.
Pretty impressive step in the right direction for Minnesota.
— Kyle Theige (@KyleTheige) January 24, 2022
ANTHONY EDWARDS BEING ANTHONY EDWARDS 😂 pic.twitter.com/fHnHmODBo1
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 24, 2022
Since this meeting, the Wolves have gone:
– 10th in offensive rating
– 12th in defensive rating
– 10th in net rating https://t.co/DNqZOoIpGh
— Tim Faklis (@timfaklis) January 24, 2022
Nets fans watching this defense lately and wanting to trade Clax is hilarious
— stan (@netsstan) January 24, 2022
Final: Wolves beat the Nets 136-125 to finish the road trip 2-2. Kyrie Irving dropped 30, Mills had 21 while Harden had just 13. Bad week for the defense. Nets return home to face the Lakers on Tuesday. See you all there.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) January 24, 2022
— Steve Lichtenstein (@SteveLichtenst1) January 24, 2022