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On 12/21/2012 02:06 PM in NBA


Kevin Love scored 28 points and Nikola Pekovic added 24 as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-93 at the Target Center snapping OKC's 12 game winning streak. Love was just 9/20 (45%) from the floor overall but drained 4/9 (44%) from 3 point range, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Pekovic shot 10/18 (56%) overall and hauled down 10 boards. Jose Barea contributed 18 points off the bench in just 23 minutes for the Twolves, who shot 44% from the field but converted 9/20 (45%) from beyond the arc. Minnesota also outrebounded Oklahoma City 45-27 and recorded 27 assists, 12 by Alexey Shved who also collected 7 rebounds and scored 12 points. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points on 12/21 (57%) from the floor and a perfect 8/8 from the charity stripe. Durant also recorded 7 rebounds and handed out 6 assists. Russell Westbrook added 30 and just missed a triple double with 11 rebounds and 9 assists. However he shot jut 9/28 (32%) overall and committed 8 of his team's 16 turnovers. Serge Ibaka contributed 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. OKC made just 41% from the field including a dismal 5/20 (25%) from 3 point range despite converting 22/26 (85%) from the ft line. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter including 12 straight at one point for the Wolves to hold off the team with the best record in the league. After Durant's two free throws cut Minnesota's lead to 80-77, Barea hit two 3s and scored on a putback under the rim amid the tall trees, an 8-0 run by himself that gave the Wolves a little breathing room. His long 3 with 5:26 to play made it 92-81, and the Wolves held on. The TWolves improved to 13-11 while the Thunder fell to 20-5 well atop the Northwest Division.

Lebron James scored 24 points and Dwayne Wade added 19 as the Miami Heat mauled the Dallas Mavericks 110-95 at the American Airlines Center. The king played just 31 minutes and shot 9/13 (69%) overall along with 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Wade shot 7/13 (54%) and handed out a team high 6 assists in only 26 minutes. Chris Bosh contributed 17 on 8/14 (57%) collecting 7 rebounds and recording 3 steals. The Heat sizzled from the floor shooting 54% including 10/28 (365) from 3 point range. They also converted 16/18 (89%) from the free throw line, outrebounded Dallas 47-36 and recorded 25 assists despite committing 20 turnovers, most with the final outcome already in hand. Jae Crowder led the Mavs with 15 points off the bench while Dahntay Jones and Bernard James added 12. Dallas shot only 39% from the floor including an anorexic 3/22 (16%) from 3 point range. Despite committing just 9 turnovers, Miami stretched the lead to 91-55, its largest of the season, when Shane Battier made a 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the third quarter. Dallas is much changed team since winning the 2011 NBA title over the Heat, in the star trio's first season together. Miami is now defending a championship this season. Dallas pulled to 36-33 after Dominique Jones had consecutive assists to rookies, a 3-pointer by Crowder and a reverse layup by James. But Miami then responded with a 16-4 run and cruised from there as much of the reserves played late making the final score not as close as it seemed. The Heat improved to 17-6 while Dallas dropped to 12-14.

Nicolas Batum scored 22 points and Wesley Matthews added 20 as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 101-93 at the Rose Garden. Batum shot only 7/15 (47%) but drained 5/9 (56%) from beyond the 3 point line while collecting 6 rebounds. Matthews struggled but took advantage of numerous chances making 7/19 (37%) from the floor. JJ Hickson recorded his 6th straight double double contributing 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds despite making only 7/16 (44%) overall. Portland made only 36% of its overall shots but converted 14/36 (39%) from 3 point range and 21/26 (81%) from the ft line. The Blazers also dished out 25 assists and committed just 10 turnovers playing smart man to man and executing the full court trap successfully. Ty Lawson, Andre Igoudala and Corey brewer each led the Nuggets with 13 points while Andre Miller added 12 off the bench. Miller also collected 9 rebounds and dished out 7 assists despite making just 5/14 (36%) from the field. Lawson, Igoudala and Danilo Galinari combined to shoot just 12/38 (32%), which reflected on Denver's overall 39% rate. It was an odd loss for the Nuggets, who missed 22 3-pointers, breaking the NBA record for most attempts without a make - a mark that was set a week ago when the Blazers went 0 for 20 from 3-point range in a victory over Toronto. Denver outrebounded Portland 59-50 but after the Nuggets cut Portland's lead to 84-81 with 4:06 left. Batum made a trio of free throws before Miller added a layup to make it 87-83. Then Luke Babbitt hit a 3-pointer with 2:31 left to give the Blazers back a 92-83 lead. Portland moved back to .500 at 12-12 while Denver fell to 14-13.

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