J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the Oklahoma City Thunder's 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 win Thursday night in Minneapolis.
Kevin Love had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota as it held off the team with the NBA's best record.
Kevin Durant had 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Thunder, who had not lost a game since Nov. 23 at Boston.
Don't look now, but there's a bright, shiny object in Los Angeles: the Clippers. These are heady days for the long-suffering franchise better known as L.A.'s other NBA team after the storied Lakers.
The Clippers have tied a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak and at 19-6 are tied for the second-best record in the NBA. While the Lakers continue to stumble, the Clippers are flying high, led by all-stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Bolstered by a deep bench, the Clippers have shown they're capable of winning without big numbers from Griffin. They are 13-3 in games when he scores fewer than 20 points. He's averaging 18 points and 8.6 rebounds.
"We're all playing for one goal and not individual accolades," Paul said.
Camden native Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a career-high 25 points in the visiting Bobcats' 121-104 loss Wednesday night to the Phoenix Suns.
The Bobcats, who have not won since Nov. 24, suffered their league-worst 13th straight loss.