Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/12
MINNEAPOLIS -- The smallest player on the court helped fell a team of NBA giants Thursday night at Target Center. Guard J.J. Barea scored 14 fourth-quarter points -- including 12 straight Minnesota points at one juncture -- as the Timberwolves earned a 99-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a stunning wire-to-wire victory for Minnesota, which never trailed while ending the Thunder's 12-game winning streak. Not that Oklahoma City, owner of the NBA's best record, didn't come close a few times, even cutting the gap to one early in the fourth quarter. Minnesota got double-doubles from Kevin Love (28 points, 11 rebounds), center Nikola Pekovic (24 points, 10 rebounds) and guard Alexey Shved (12 points, 12 assists). However, it was Barea (18 points) who stole the show -- and the game-- from the Thunder. Minnesota (13-11) led by seven entering the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City (21-5) made short work of that, opening the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to pull with...
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