Oklahoma City's 12-Game Win Streak Snapped by Timberwolves

Matthew WolfeCorrespondent IIIDecember 20, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 14:  Head coach Rick Adelman talks with Luke Ridnour #13 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on December 14, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder had their 12-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-93.

The Thunder, who entered the game with the best record in the NBA (20-4), came out of the gate slowly and were never able to make up the ground.

Minnesota, who doesn't get the chance to play on national television often, showed the whole country what they are capable of on TNT, the biggest stage they have played on all season.

The youthful yet scrappy Timberwolves team proved early on that they were not intimidated by Oklahoma City's big guns, and were able to hold them off and defend their home court.

The win against the Thunder brought the Timberwolves back at .500, and is a key victory for a team that is looking to sneak into the Western Conference Playoff picture.

Kevin Love led the T-Wolves to their big victory with 28 points and 11 rebounds, and also added on seven assists.

Minnesota also saw a huge game out of Nikola Pekovic, who contributed with 24 points, and Minnesota finished with four players in double figures. Point guard Ricky Rubio went scoreless but had three rebounds and three assists while only playing 16 minutes due to injuries.

As for the Thunder, they suffered their first loss in 13 games.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the leading scoring tandem in the NBA, accounted for 63 of the Thunder's 93 points. The Thunder bench was responsible for just seven points in this one.

The Thunder were simply outplayed by the young Timberwolves team on their home court, and can take a step back into reality.

As for the Timberwolves, they proved to the country that they are serious about making a run in the Western Conference by taking out the best the league has to offer.