Timberwolves end Oklahoma City's winning run

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

Relevant offers

Basketball

Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors to stay alive in NBA series Wellington Saints accept invite to play in prestigious R. William Jones Cup in Taiwan LeBron James comes good as Cleveland Cavaliers close on NBA finals Wellington Saints face run of home games in NBL after going top of competition Stephen Curry sizzles as Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead over Rockets Hawke's Bay Hawks beat Canterbury Rams in NBL with huge final quarter Kyle Korver out of Atlanta Hawks injured for the rest of NBA playoffs Southland Sharks win NBL shootout against Taranaki Mountain Airs Wellington Saints maintain the upper hand over Nelson Giants in NBL Cleveland Cavaliers far too classy for Atlanta Hawks as they take 2-0 NBA series lead

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