Minnesota’s Derrick Rose scored 25 points, while his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 9 rebounds, in the Timberwolves’ 112-102 victory over the Nets on Friday at Barclays Center.
Rose was 11 for 17 from the field, helping Minnesota get back on track after two consecutive losses. The 30-year-old guard, who won the 2011 N.B.A. Most Valuable Player Award with the Chicago Bulls, has been hampered by injuries in recent years but has made a strong start to this season.
“I love telling Derrick how good he is and how M.V.P. Derrick has always been there and is still there,” said Towns, who played only 8 minutes 13 seconds in the first half because of foul trouble.
Taj Gibson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, and Jeff Teague finished with 15 points in the Timberwolves’ first road win of the season.
The Nets had six players score in double figures but shot 41.8 percent from the field. Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points apiece, and DeMarre Carroll finished with 13.
The Nets pulled within 4 points on Dinwiddie’s two free throws with three minutes left. But Rose made a floater and Teague found Robert Covington for a dunk to help the Timberwolves close it out.
Minnesota swept the season series, also winning, 120-113, on Nov. 12 at Target Center. The Timberwolves have won three in a row against the Nets dating to last season.
Jarrett Allen and Shabazz Napier each scored 12 points for Brooklyn, and Allen Crabbe finished with 11.
“We came into the game a little lackadaisical,” Allen said.
The Nets trailed by 5 at the half, and the Timberwolves grabbed control in the third. Towns had 17 points in the quarter as Minnesota outscored the Nets by 35-23 for an 89-72 advantage heading to the fourth.
“I think we were searching for energy but we kind of just didn’t have the juice,” Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I see Towns hurt us in the post there in the third quarter. We tried different things, tried different guys on him, we tried fronting him. We just couldn’t get the stops we needed.”
The Nets scored 11 of the first 15 points in the final quarter to pull within 10 at 93-83 with 9:21 left. Following a timeout by the Timberwolves, Rose made a jumper and a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 15.