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Wolves OKC

December 21, 2012 by  

Wolves OKC, Twelve was the number Thursday night at Target Center.

They ended Oklahoma City’s 12-game winning streak, dating to the day after Thanksgiving, with a wire-to-wire 99-93 victory.

It was also their first victory over the Thunder after losing the last 12 between the teams, dating to 2009.

Here’s the game story from Thursday night. focusing on J.J. Barea’s big fourth quarter, when he scored 12 straight for the Wolves.

Here’s the notebook with the top item about Ricky Rubio’s third night back from that knee surgery.

And here’s a piece on the team waiving Josh Howard Thursday because of that torn ACL and what they might do now.

Here’s a few other quick teams from the game:

* Did you see that ball movement, particularly in the first half?

That’s why that advance scout from another NBA team watched the Wolves play in New Orlenas last week and remarked that they look like a mini-version of the Spurs, because of the way they execute Rick Adelman’s offense.

They had 22 made field goals in the first half, and recorded assists on 20 of them. Alexey Shved had eight of those, and he finished with a career-high 12.

“That’s the best half we’ve had: 20 assists, five turnovers,” Rick Adelman said. “The first half was terrific the way we moved the ball, very unselfish.”

Nikola Pekovic scored 18 of his 24 points in that first half, just setting screens and rolling to the basket time after time.

When everybody left the locker room afterward the game except him for him and Barea, I got a laugh out of the big fella when I ask why he didn’t pivot and roll to his locker room when he went to retrieve his jacket before heading into the night.

* Kevin Durant scored 33 points, and Andrei Kirilenko still did a fine job shadowing him all night.

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