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.

A new star in L.A.

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.

Kidd-Gilchrist gets his

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.

- Inquirer Wire Services