Minnesota stops Oklahoma City's win streak at 12 games

Nikola Pekovic shoots against Kendrick Perkins. Pekovic had 24 points and 10 boards for Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS — J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended Oklahoma City’s 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night.


Kevin Love had 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.

But it was Barea who was the key player, scoring 12 in a row at one point for the Wolves to hold off the team with the best record in the league.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Thunder.

Russell Westbrook added 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

The Thunder had not lost a game since Nov. 23 at Boston.

LAKERS: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash went through his first full-contact practice without any setbacks to his broken left leg on Thursday, ESPN.com reported.

Nash said he’ll likely return to game action on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks.

ALL-STAR SATURDAY: The event night is adding a team component, with the Eastern and Western Conference competing for $500,000 in charity.

The conferences will earn points based on the results of the night’s four events: the Shooting Stars, the Skills Challenge, the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest at its Feb. 16 event in Houston.

Each conference will have a captain, who along with the NBA and sponsor State Farm, will designate the charities his team is playing for.

The winning conference gets $350,000 for its charities and the runner-up gets $150,000.