Timberwolves end Oklahoma City's winning run

Last updated 16:08 21/12/2012

Relevant offers


Illawarra Hawks tame Perth Wildcats in ANBL clash Philadelphia 76ers fan ejected after giving OKC's Russell Westbrook a double-fingered salute Confident Kirk Penney predicts NZ Breakers turnaround just round the corner Travis Trice leads the Cairns Taipans to first win of ANBL season Steven Adams embraces new leadership role with the Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams has busy night as OKC do it tough in NBA season opener Recap: Steven Adams' NBA season begins - OKC Thunder v Philadelphia 76ers NZ Breakers look to shackle league's top scorer in Adelaide's Jerome Randle Russell Westbrook keeps it clean with Dove soap on eve of his NBA opener Cleveland Cavaliers treat fans with rout of Knicks in season opener

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