Ricky Rubio scored 10 points and handed out 6 assists to surpass the 600-assist mark for the season (8.5 assists per game), and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 143-107. The Timberwolves had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 51-76 (67.1%) from the field and 33-40 (82.5%) at the free throw line. Minnesota (36-35) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
Rubio shot 4-5 from the field, in a good performance. He also put up 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal. Other key performers for Minnesota were Kevin Love with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Gorgui Dieng with 14 points and 9 rebounds. On 9-18 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc, Kent Bazemore put up 21 points for Los Angeles in the loss. Jordan Hill contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 72.4%, the Timberwolves connected at a rate of 44.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (7-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Lakers are winless (0-13) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Los Angeles (24-48) to 1-3 against Minnesota on the year.
Coming up next, the Timberwolves square off with the Brooklyn Nets, who are 38-33 on the year. The Lakers meet the Phoenix Suns, currently 43-29 this season. The Timberwolves have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season. The Lakers have lost to Phoenix the last three times they have played.