Ricky Rubio made history Tuesday night as he and the Minnesota Timberwolves trampled over the visiting San Antonio Spurs 107-83. The Spurs started out hot going up by double digits within minutes into the first quarter. After their slow start, the Wolves started making shots halfway through the first quarter and continued that trend throughout the game. All four point guards scored in double digits including a combined 10 of 13 three-point shooting from J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour and Alexey Shved.
Tonight, though, was all about the Spaniard. There was a moment in the game where every time Rubio touched the basketball, the crowd would get on their feet screaming. He had Target Center roaring throughout the night with alley oop passes, an around-the-back take to the hoop, as well as finally knocking down a few open jump shots. He finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. For good measure, Rubio also added a block on Tiago Splitter of all people.
The display Rubio put on tonight is a perfect example of what he can do when he gets going, especially offensively. Rubio shot 9-17 on the night, and that includes a dismal 1-5 performance from behind the arc. Take away those numbers and he goes 8-12 , which I’m sure coach Rick Adelman would prefer much more.
As the Wolves head down the stretch, look for Rubio to have more games like tonight. He has said recently that he is sick of losing so many games. The fact that he had a night like tonight without the Wolves’ superstars on the floor is nothing short of incredible. That said, I am sure he is excited for the possibility of getting his injured teammates back real soon, as that will lead to more wins down the stretch.