Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Rubio's big night

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves postgame Updated: March 12, 2013 - 11:23 PM

OK, let's get this out of the way. Yes, the San Antonio Spurs were shorthanded tonight. But the Wolves have been dealing with injuries all season, so let's not let injuries to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard dampen what was a very enjoyable game to watch.

Ricky Rubio got the first triple-double of his NBA career tonight. But what was most impressive was that so many teammates matched his intensity. For example:

 

--Alexey Shved, mired in a long slump, broke out in a big way. He scored 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting (he hit three of his four three-pointers). He also had seven assists.

--J.J. Barea hit on five of seven three-pointers on the way to 17 points, to go with five assists. Barea and Shved were the cornerstones of the Wolves 29-10 third quarter in which the bench scored 24 of the points. 

--Chris Johnson came off the bench to get six points, six rebounds and six blocked shots -- five in the second quarter.

--Luke Ridnour hit both of his three pointers on the way to 14 points. 

But the night belong to Rubio, who played with his usual intensity from start to finish; he was finally taken out of the game after diving out of bounds for a loose ball.

It was his first triple-double as a pro. But he had three before while playing as a 16-year-old for Spain in the U16 European Championships in 2006, including that famous game against Russia when he scored 51 points with 24 rebounds and 12 assists.

It was Rubio's fourth game this season with at least 10 assists and eight rebounds. And he became just the third player this season (Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are the others) to have 12 assists and 13 rebounds in the same game. It was Rubio's 10th game with 10 or more assists.  

 

   That's about all for tonight. Jerry will be at tomorrow's game in Indy.

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