Nets keep Wolves winless on the road

Published 8:46 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

NEW YORK  — No matter how much Tom Thibodeau screamed, his Minnesota Timberwolves clearly aren’t hearing his message about defense.

Kenny Atkinson sure liked what he saw from his offense.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the Timberwolves winless on the road with a 119-110 victory Tuesday night.

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The Nets shot 55.3 percent from the field and had eight players with at least nine points, the kind of movement and involvement that Atkinson wanted to bring to Brooklyn from his time as an Atlanta assistant.

“We’re sharing the wealth a little more and in the perfect Utopian motion system, that’s what it should look like, where it’s really everybody’s touching it,” Atkinson said.

It led to a surprisingly easy offensive performance against a young Wolves team that clearly hasn’t yet grasped Thibodeau’s defensive schemes.

Thibodeau, whose teams in Chicago were among the NBA’s strongest defensively, said 110 points is “more than enough to win.”

“Unless we correct the defensive end, it’s going to be a struggle,” he said. “That has to become a priority by everyone, otherwise nothing positive is going to happen.”

Trevor Booker added 15 points and Sean Kilpatrick had 14 for the Nets.

Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 36 points for the Wolves, making a career-best six 3-pointers. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points, but scoring wasn’t the problem for Minnesota.

The Wolves are 0-4 on the road and just 1-5 overall.

“We keep hearing we’re young, that’s why we’re playing the way we play,” Towns said. “That’s not the reason. We’re just not executing.”