Timberwolves end Oklahoma City's winning run

LARRY FINE
Last updated 16:08 21/12/2012

Relevant offers

Basketball

New Zealand's Sean Marks prepares for new NBA season as Brooklyn Nets GM New Zealand Breakers not fancied by bookmakers for Australian NBL crown Mark Dickel expects Breakers to make top four, compete for title NZ Breakers crash to Adelaide 36ers to finish 0-6 for ANBL pre-season Steven Adams used 'English card' to avoid serial trash talker Kevin Garnett NZ Breakers go down to Cairns Taipans to remain winless in pre-season Steven Adams ready to follow Russell Westbrook's lead as OKC pick up the pieces Steven Adams and his Stache Brother ready to show their growth in Oklahoma City Undermanned NZ Breakers walloped by Kings to remain winless in pre-season OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti gives little away on Steven Adams situation

The Minnesota Timberwolves, boosted by a brilliant fourth quarter from diminutive guard JJ Barea, beat Oklahoma City 99-93 to end the Thunder's 12-games winning streak.

The NBA-leading Thunder battled back after an early 14-points deficit to move within a point at 76-75 early in the fourth before Barea took over.

Barea scored 10 points in a 12-2 run that restored Minnesota's double-digit lead at 88-77 and then helped the T-Wolves hold off the Thunder the rest of the way.

The loss dropped Oklahoma, last year's losing NBA Finalists, to 21-5 while Minnesota improved to 13-11, seven games behind the Thunder in the Western Conference's Northwest Division.

Kevin Love led Minnesota with 28 points and 11 rebounds, and center Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and 10 boards, while Barea came off the bench to score 18 points.

Three-times scoring champion Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 33 points, and Russell Westbrook added 30, but Oklahoma City's reserves contributed seven points in all.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you expect the Breakers to perform in this season's Australian NBL?

Last season was a blip, they'll be champions once again

They'll go close to another title, beaten finalists I'd say

Playoffs for sure, but can't see them going any further

Not too excited, they'll miss the playoffs again

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content