"Two guys battling, fighting, frustration," Garnett said. "Whatever you want to call it. He goes hard, I go hard. I'm over it. End of that."
"That's kind of vintage KG, trying to get himself going, get himself into the right mind-frame," Love said. "I just didn't really care."
"We responded well when that situation happened," Love said. "It was a six-point turn-around for us, and we never really looked back."
Center Andray Blatche scored 16 points and guard Joe Johnson added 15 for undermanned Brooklyn, which suffered its worst loss of the season. The Nets lost seven of their last eight games and four straight for the first time since a five-game slide Dec. 1 through Dec. 11 last season.
Brooklyn, which was without four players due to injury -- including three starters -- started slow and never recovered, missing 14 of its first 17 shots.
"We just couldn't get stops on the other end," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "The offensive rebounds, the points in the paint, things that we've talked about that we need to work on, we didn't do today."
Minnesota, which led by as many as 37, dominated in all facets of the game, committing a season-low eight turnovers while handing out 28 assists. Brooklyn was one shy of a season high with 20 turnovers and set a season low with seven assists. The Timberwolves grabbed a season-high 17 offensive rebounds, turning them into 22 second-chance points.
The Nets scored just 14 first-quarter points -- a season low for Brooklyn and a season low allowed by the Timberwolves. Minnesota outscored Brooklyn with its second-chance points alone in the frame (15).
"We attacked defensively," Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said. "We wanted to make sure Pierce and Johnson didn't get great looks. We were going to take it out of their hands and not let them beat us."
Garnett fell to 7-1 against his former team, losing for the first time in five trips to Target Center as a visitor.
NOTES: Brooklyn took on Minnesota without starters PG Deron Williams (ankle), F Andrei Kirilenko (back) and C Brook Lopez (ankle) and reserve G Jason Terry (knee). Kirilenko, who played for the Timberwolves last season, missed his seventh straight and Lopez sat out for the fourth consecutive game. Williams re-sprained an ankle on Wednesday after missing Brooklyn's two previous games with the injury. Terry sat for the first time this season. ... F Kevin Garnett returned to Target Center as a visitor for potentially the final time of his career after spending his first 12 seasons with Minnesota. "The Twin Cities have always been like a second or third home," Garnett said. "Always enjoyed the fans here." ... Kirilenko met with former Minnesota teammate and fellow Russian G Alexei Shved on Thursday. The two, who were close last season, still talk weekly. Shved has struggled this season averaging 1.9 points in just nine minutes per game after averaging nearly 24 minutes in 2012-13. "He's in a tough position now," Kirilenko said. "He has to use every opportunity. If you play five minutes, go hard. If you play 10 minutes, go hard. And if you aren't playing, cheer for your teammates. Be positive and wait for a chance." ... Wolves F Kevin Love has a double-double in nine straight road games, the longest active streak in the NBA. ... Minnesota rookie F Shabazz Muhammad missed his fifth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.