Tip-Off for 12/21/12 (featuring Nat King Cole): Wolves snap Thunder’s win streak at 12 games

(USA Today)

A nicked up J.J. Barea was able to see his way to 18 points against the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 66 points. J.J. Barea’s big fourth quarter allowed Minnesota to put the Thunder away 99-93.

Timberwolves 99 – Thunder 93 – Kevin Love led Minnesota with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Thunder shot only 25 percent from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant led OKC with 33 points. Russell Westbrook finished with 30 points 11 rebounds and 9 assists.

Heat 110 – Mavs 95 – The Heat put the defensive clamps on the Mavericks — who shot 38 percent from the floor and 13 percent from three-point range. LeBron James Miami with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Rookie Jae Crowder led Dallas with 15 points.

Blazers 101 – Nuggets 93 – The Nuggets were 0-22 from three-point range, breaking the NBA record set last week by Portland who went 0-20. Nicholas Batum led the Blazers with 22 points and J.J. Hickson grabbed 18 rebounds. Andre Iguodala led the Nuggets with 13 points.

The Lineup:

Are death threat Tweets taken seriously (Pro Football Talk).

Sacramento police officer suspected of sexual assault (Sacramento Daily).

North Korea arrests US citizen for a crime against the country (CNN).

Syria launches rockets against anti-government forces (World News).

Top NCAA performers (Basketball Reference).

Kevin Martin likes OKC (Mike and McGoutry).

Josh Brent will no longer be allowed on the sideline (Cowboys Daily).

Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and T.I. ( In Flex We Trust).

Amar’e not ready just yet (NY Sports News).

No more late game benchings for Gasol (Sheridan Hoops).


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