Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/12
MINNEAPOLIS -- On the Minnesota Timberwolves' roster, guard J.J. Barea is listed at an even 6 feet. That is a significant exaggeration. And yet, the smallest player on the Target Center court Thursday night ended up standing the tallest, felling the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder in the process. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 Minnesota points in a row at one point. That provided the spark that allowed the Wolves to hang on for a 99-93 victory that snapped the Thunder's winning streak at 12 games. On a night when the Wolves (13-11) led from start to finish -- it was the first time the Thunder (21-5) went a game without a lead this season -- Minnesota's little big man made the difference. "It was awesome," said Barea, pushing modesty aside. "I think that was the energy we needed in the fourth quarter. The guys were doing a good job, but they needed a little bit more, and I think I gave us that tonight." It was a remarkably resilient eff...
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