OAKLAND — The streak that has haunted Minnesota all season is finally over.
After losing 11 straight games decided by four points or less, the Timberwolves wouldn't let another opportunity slip away.
Kevin Martin made a step-back jumper with 8.4 seconds left for the go-ahead score, Kevin Love lived up to his new All-Star credentials and Minnesota outlasted the Golden State Warriors 121-120 on Friday night for its third consecutive victory.
"It feels good. Eventually we've got to win games like that," said Love, who was voted into the All-Star game as a starter for the first time Thursday. "We just need to grow up in situations like that and get a little bit of luck on our side."
Martin scored 26 points despite playing with a cut on his right pinkie, and Love finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists after turning his left ankle in the third quarter.
Minnesota double-teamed Stephen Curry on a pick-and-roll on the final possession, forcing him to pass to a wide-open Harrison Barnes standing just inside the 3-point line. Barnes missed the jumper before the final buzzer sounded, leaving Golden State with its second straight loss — and giving the Timberwolves a monumental win that has eluded them all season.
"I just like the way we competed all game," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "I didn't think anybody was going to stop anybody in the first half, but in the second half we stayed with it. It's the type of team that scores in bunches so you have to get some kind of momentum going where you're shutting things down."
The back-and-forth game featured just about everything — except defense.
The Warriors outshot the Wolves 55 percent to 50 percent but were outrebounded 44-41. Both teams also finished 9 of 13 from beyond the arc.