Russell had the range, but few others did
D’Angelo Russell had a terrific night from 3-point range, canning a career-high nine 3-balls in 15 attempts and finishing with a game- and season-high 31 points.
But Russell’s usually dependable array of mid-range jumpers and floaters wasn’t there Monday night, as he was just 1-for-7 on 2-point attempts.
The Nets tried to make a run late in the game, a task made harder when Spencer Dinwiddie fouled out — and was assessed a technical foul while running to the Nets bench after picking up his sixth foul.
But Brooklyn was never able to get closer than seven points down the stretch as Minnesota’s hot shooting negated every Nets score and the Timberwolves made their free throws in the late going.
Joe Harris had his first really bad shooting night of the season. Coming into the game as the top 3-point marksman in the NBA, Harris was only 2-for-9 from deep and 3-for-15 overall. His eight points on Monday snapped a string of seven consecutive games in double figures.
Allen Crabbe hit his first 3-point attempt and missed his final four, going 2-for-9 overall as his shooting woes continued.
Dinwiddie made 2-of-7 from deep, DeMarre Carroll was 2-for-6 and Caris LeVert was 0-for-3 before leaving the game.
The Nets’ 50 3-point attempts marked just the fourth time in franchise history they’ve reached that mark. The club record of 59 3-point attempts was set in a double-overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 10.
They had 55 attempts on April 7 in a win at Chicago and 51 in a loss at Detroit on Feb. 7 — yes, all four of those 50-attempt games have come in 2018.