Jan 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gets the ball stolen by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first quarter at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets Close In On The Knicks, Defeat Minnesota Timberwolves


Jan 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Chris Johnson (20) gets his shot blocked by Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) during the second quarter at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

So it looks like firing Avery Johnson was the right thing to do, as Brooklyn are now half a game behind the Knicks and 12-2 since  P.J. Carlesimo took over as interim head coach. They recorded another win tonight, against the injury struck Timberwolves in Minnesota. The 91-83 victory gives the Nets win number two of their current road trip, with games in Memphis and Houston still to come.

Brook Lopez, arguably the best center in the East this season, had another impressive performance, scoring 22 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in only 26 minutes. Guards Deron Williams (18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists) and Joe Johnson (18 points, 3 assists) took advantage of their direct opponents and helped the Nets record another win.

Stay tuned to Empire Writes Back, as tomorrow we’ll be covering the highly anticipated matchup between Boston and New York.

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