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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) 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, scoring 12 straight 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 and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, who had not lost a game since Nov. 23 at Boston.

HEAT 110, MAVERICKS 95

DALLAS (AP) - LeBron James scored 24 points with some early baskets on nifty passes from Dwyane Wade, and Miami rolled to a victory over the injury plagued Mavericks.

James has scored at least 20 points in all 23 games, the longest streak to start an NBA season since Karl Malone's 24 in a row opening the 1989-90 season.

Dallas, still waiting for the season debut of 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki after right knee surgery, was also without starting point guard Derek Fisher (right knee) and post players Elton Brand (right groin) and Brandan Wright (right ankle).

The Heat never trailed after James drove for a short floater 3 minutes into the game to make it 6-4. Wade had 19 points and six assists while Chris Bosh had 17 points.

Rookie Jae Crowder had 15 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures. Dahntay Jones and Bernard James had 12 points each.

TRAIL BLAZERS 101, NUGGETS 93

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets.

Nicolas Batum had 22 points to give the Blazers their first four-game winning streak of the season despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained left ankle.

The Nuggets were 0 for 22 from 3-point range, breaking the NBA record of 20 misses set by the Trail Blazers in a game against Toronto last week. Denver had 74 points in the paint.

The Blazers led by as many as 18 in the first half and while the Nuggets were able to close the gap, they were never able to pull even.

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Nationals break out a stuffed 'Baby Shark' in dugout during NLCS

Nationals break out a stuffed 'Baby Shark' in dugout during NLCS

Based on how the 2019 season has gone for the Washington Nationals, and the impact 'Baby Shark' has had on it, would you really expect the rallying call to dissapear in the biggest game yet?

Of course not.

So, it's no surprise that during Game 3 of the NLCS, it was on full display.

First, DC Washington, who sang the National Anthem on Monday, concluded his performance by sneaking in a little chomp at the end.

But, that wouldn't be the last we saw of 'Baby Shark'. It appears that Gerardo Parra, the man who started all the hysteria, has a little homage to the song and chant in the dugout.

With Washington taking an early lead in Game 3 and up 2-0 in the series, don't expect 'Baby Shark' to go anywhere anytime soon.

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Anthony Rendon shows why he should be the MVP with this diving stop in Game 3

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Anthony Rendon shows why he should be the MVP with this diving stop in Game 3

Anthony Rendon is doing Anthony Rendon things again.

The Nationals third baseman capped off an MVP-level season last month, and he has continued to thrive in the postseason.

Rendon has done his damage both at the plate and in the field. In Game 3, he struck first at third base.

Wow. Just, wow. This is one of the best defensive plays of the postseason to date.

Rendon finished the 2019 season behind Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in the eyes of many, when it comes to MVP voting. But don’t let that discount what he’s accomplished all year long.

There’s a reason fans were chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for Rendon, even when he wasn’t stepping to the plate.

The Cardinals have struggled mightily to get their offense clicking in the NLCS, and most of the credit for that goes to the Nationals’ pitching staff. But defensive plays like this make it all the more easy for those pitchers to continue putting up goose eggs on the scoreboard.

In a postseason series, every play matters. Stops like the one Rendon made Monday night, in a scoreless game as the Nationals have a chance to take a commanding lead in the series, can make all the difference.

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