MINNEAPOLIS J.J. Barea raised his arms in incredulity, the most J.J. Barea of shrugs. It was directed mostly at the refs -- he ended up with a technical foul -- but at least partly at the shot he'd just accidentally assisted. It was the sloppiest kind of pretty.
As the clock ticked down at the end of the third quarter, Barea had just heaved a shot while teetering beyond the 3-point line, off-balance and off-mark. But as the ball wobbled toward the basket -- or toward a spot slightly to the left of the basket -- Andrei Kirilenko leapt out of nowhere, tipping it in.
And Barea was incredulous, and the crowd, so prepared to be horrified by the heave, was astonished, and the Minnesota Timberwolves were up, 89-87.
It was ugly, but there were flashes of luck (or skill, or maturity or really whatever you want to call some especially fortuitous breaks) when it mattered most in the Timberwolves' 111-107 win over the Suns on Saturday. The ugly was the 15-3 margin of fast-break points in fa...