Ricky Rubio registered a triple-double with 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a close victory over the Dallas Mavericks, 123-122. Minnesota (34-32) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Rubio shot 8-12 and went 6-7 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. He also recorded 4 steals. Other top performers for Minnesota were Kevin Love with 35 points and 8 rebounds, and Gorgui Dieng with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki had another quality performance for Dallas despite the loss, putting up 27 points on 11-27 shooting. Shawn Marion added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Dallas, pushing their record to 41-28 for the year.
Coming up, the Timberwolves play the Houston Rockets, who are 45-22 on the season. The Mavericks meet the Denver Nuggets, currently sitting at 31-37 this year. The Timberwolves came up short against Houston each of the last two times they've met. The Mavericks have lost to Denver the last three times they have played.