Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Trailing by 22, Wolves stun Nets in Brooklyn visit, 107-96

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves postgame, Wolves news Updated: November 6, 2012 - 7:53 AM

You can credit the NBA doctor who cleared J.J. Barea just before game time with an assist for this one, or maybe Alexey Shved's freshly shorn hair for this one.

Whatever cosmic forces aligned, the Wolves pulled off the fourth biggest comeback in their history -- and their biggest since 1998 -- with Monday night's 107-96 comeback victory over the Nets in their first visit to Brooklyn.

Down 71-49 early in the third quarter, the Wolves abruptly reversed course, suddenly thumping the Nets the rest of the way. Included was a 15-2 finishing flourish mostly from a unit of reserves that Rick Adelman rode all fourth quarter to victory.

Here the list of biggest comeback in franchise history:

Date, opponent, deficit, final score

March 1, 1996, vs. Charlotte 25 (41-16) 105-101

Feb. 17, 1992, at Houston 24 (79-55) 124-122*

Jan. 17, 1998, at Dallas 24 (74-50) 113-110*

Nov. 5, 2012, at Brooklyn 22 (71-49) 107-96

Dec. 21, 2007, vs. Indiana 21 (45-24) 131-118

Nov. 12, 2010, vs. New York 21 (78-57) 112-103

*-overtime game

And Almost Live From New York, here's the game story and my latest CineSport from brand-new Barclays Center after last night's game. You can find it here.

The Wolves now are 2-1 and they returned home after Monday's game and will play Orlando at Target Center Wednesday night.


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