MINNEAPOLIS -- Until Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves never had won 30 games in a season without a guy named Kevin Garnett on their team.
That all changed with a 105-93 victory over Phoenix at Target Center.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio is aiming a lot higher than that, and someday soon, too.
"Yeah, but we lost 50, too," he said after scoring a career-high 23 points. "Fifty in one season. Now that I say it, it's more than I thought."
The Wolves never won 30 games in the five seasons before Garnett arrived in 1995. And until Saturday, they never had won that many in the five seasons since he was traded to Boston.
But they reached that relatively modest number with a decisive fourth quarter in which the Suns couldn't stop Rubio or backcourt mate J.J. Barea.
Each player scored nine points in the fourth quarter, when the Wolves turned a 79-76 lead into a double-digit bulge with an 11-4 run in which Barea scored all nine of his fourth-quarter points.
Rubio followed by scoring nine straight Wolves points himself on a night when he shot 18 times from the field -- also a career high -- and made eight of them.
Who does he think he is, a healthy Kobe Bryant?
"It's a lot," Rubio said before referring to injured teammates Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love. "Without Pek, without Kevin, there are shots to take and I'm going to take them."
Just last week, Rubio went 4 of 41 from the field in three games against Golden State, Detroit and Toronto.
"Even Kevin, LeBron or Kobe miss shots, so why can't I miss shots," Rubio said. "You know, I mean, I lose my confidence, but I just get through that. I just have to play and get through bad moments like that. My teammates trust me and my shot."
So he shot and just kept shooting on a night when the Wolves tied a franchise record with 17 steals and they forced Phoenix into 28 turnovers.
Suns forward Luis Scola approached a triple double: 14 points, nine rebounds and eight turnovers just by himself.
"You can't play with that many turnovers," Scola said. "Sooner or later, that's a bad thing."
Phoenix lost for the 15th time in 17 games.
"We were making passes trying to be too fancy or tried to thread the needle too thin," Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. "You just have to do what the game tells us to do. When we play that way, we are pretty good and when we don't, 28 turnovers is the result. You can't beat anybody if you turn the ball over 28 times."
The Wolves, meanwhile, reached that 30th victory, thanks in good part to Rubio's career scoring night.
"They were leaving me alone in the beginning," Rubio said. "At one point, I was feeling like I had to shoot the ball, and they went in sometimes."
NOTES: Wolves forward Kevin Love met with reporters at Target Center on Saturday, three days after he underwent arthroscopic surgery in New York to remove scar tissue from his left knee. He expects to begin his summer workout program in about four weeks. Love played just 18 games this season after he broke his right shooting hand not once, but twice. "It won't hold me back at all," he said. "I'll get to have a big off-season hopefully. I go into every off-season thinking it'll be the biggest one of my life. This one's no different." ... Wolves center Nikola Pekovic missed his second game in as many nights because of a thigh bruise. This time, forward Dante Cunningham started at center against a small Suns lineup. ... Wolves owner Glen Taylor presented coach Rick Adelman a framed net from Adelman's 1000th NBA victory, reached a week ago against Detroit. Adelman was honored in a pregame ceremony that included a scoreboard video tribute. ... Suns forward Michael Beasley did not make the trip to Minneapolis so he could be with his newborn daughter, who was born Tuesday. Beasley played two seasons for the Wolves before he signed a three-year contract with Phoenix last summer as a free agent. ... Suns center Marcin Gortat (foot sprain) and forward/center Channing Frye (enlarged heart) remain out.