Wolves end losing skid with victory over Washington
Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio’s hard head and active hands proved to be a winning combination in Wednesday’s 87-82 victory over Washington at Target Center. Rubio’s work helped end a six-game losing streak. He once again flirted with his first career triple-double — and teammate Derrick Williams predicted a quadruple-double might not be far off — with a 15-point, 11-assist, seven-rebound, six-steal performance that came up just three rebounds, or four steals, short. Statistical categories were the only place he and the Wolves came up short on a night when they celebrated for the first time since a victory over Philadelphia on Feb. 20, right out of the All-Star break. “That one feels a lot better,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said afterward. Rubio and the Wolves delivered in the game’s final minute, when he and J.J. Barea converged on Wizards star guard John Wall and tag-teamed on a play that saved the game and left both players arguing in jest afterward. Barea forced Wall to spin and lose control of the ball. Rubio was credited with a steal and an assist when he controlled the ball and tapped it ahead to Barea for a layup and an 85-82 lead with 28 seconds left from which the Wizards never recovered. “We were talking and J.J. was complaining that that was his steal,” Rubio said, trying to keep a straight face. “I think he did a great defense, but it was my steal.”
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