Nets keep playing down to their opponent’s level, and it has consequences even when they win

The Nets had an opportunity to blow it wide open. Kyrie Irving couldn’t miss, the Timberwolves couldn’t keep up, and Brooklyn built a lead as big as 17 in the game’s first 14 minutes. Then the Nets took their foot off the gas against the team that owns the NBA’s worst record. What was supposed to be quick and easy work turned into a 48-minute drag, a 112-107 win for the Nets in a game that should have been decided much sooner than the 3:50 mark of the fourth quarter. The Nets picked up their 17th win in 21 games. They remain the team with the Eastern Conference’s second-best record, a team tha…

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