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Associated Press, Published November 05 2012

Timberwolves rally from 22 down, stun Nets

NEW YORK – Another celebratory night at Barclays Center for a Russian.

No, not Mikhail Prokhorov.

His Brooklyn Nets were on their way to an easy win and a 2-0 start until rookie Alexey Shved led the Minnesota Timberwolves on a furious rally from a 22-point, second-half deficit to a 107-96 victory on Monday night.

Prokhorov was scheduled to fly back to Russia after the game, perhaps shaking his head the whole way home.

“For sure this was a very important game for Russia because everybody is watching and everybody wants to know who won this game,” said Shved, who helped Russia to its first Olympic men’s basketball medal in London, a bronze. “We’re happy we won.”

Maybe a little surprised, too.

Shved made the go-ahead basket with 2:35 remaining and had a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after going scoreless for the first three. The Timberwolves scored the final 11 points in an impressive rally on the second night of back-to-back games. Seemingly out of the game early in the second half, they overwhelmed the Nets in the fourth quarter with a brilliant effort from their bench.

“We just kept talking about getting tougher down the stretch,” Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said. “We had to get stops in that fourth quarter. We played with a real edge in that fourth quarter and it just turned the whole thing around.”

Shved, a point guard from Russia who along with Wolves forward Andrei Kirilenko played last season for the CSKA Moscow team that Prokohov once owned, hit from in the lane to make it 98-96. Then Nikola Pekovic scored inside and Chase Budinger made a 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go, making it 103-96 in front of a stunned crowd in the second game at the new Barclays Center.

It was the fourth-biggest comeback in Minnesota franchise history, the largest since falling behind Dallas 74-50 before rallying for a 113-110 overtime victory on Jan. 17, 1998.

The Nets had all kinds of problems down the stretch in their second game at their $1 billion arena, including the statistics monitors going down. Instead of being 2-0, they will break out their black road uniforms for the first time in the regular season with a 1-1 mark and a tough trip, visiting Miami on Wednesday and unbeaten Orlando on Friday.

Minnesota 27 20 28 32 – 107

Brooklyn 31 31 24 10 – 96

MINNESOTA (107): Kirilenko 7-11 1-2 16, Derr.Williams 3-12 2-2 8, Pekovic 9-15 3-3 21, Ridnour 2-4 3-4 9, Roy 3-8 0-0 6, Barea 3-8 0-0 6, Stiemsma 2-3 0-0 4, Budinger 7-10 0-0 16, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0, Shved 3-8 2-2 10, Cunningham 5-10 1-2 11. Totals 44-89 12-15 107.

BROOKLYN (96): Bogans 3-5 0-0 9, Humphries 1-2 0-1 2, Lopez 5-15 3-5 13, Dero.Williams 5-12 5-6 18, Johnson 8-19 0-0 19, Watson 4-8 0-0 10, Blatche 1-2 2-2 4, Brooks 4-7 2-2 11, Evans 1-1 1-2 3, Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Teletovic 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 35-75 13-18 96.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 7-20 (Ridnour 2-3, Shved 2-5, Budinger 2-5, Kirilenko 1-2, Derr.Williams 0-1, Roy 0-2, Barea 0-2), Brooklyn 13-23 (Bogans 3-4, Johnson 3-5, Dero.Williams 3-7, Watson 2-4, Brooks 1-1, Teletovic 1-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 54 (Cunningham 11), Brooklyn 39 (Lopez 9). Assists: Minnesota 30 (Roy 7), Brooklyn 24 (Dero.Williams 13). Total Fouls: Minnesota 18, Brooklyn 17. A: 14,017 (18,103).