Tip-Off for 3/13/13 (featuring Big L): Pretty Ricky Rubio posts first triple-double as T-Wolves shock Spurs 107-83

(Associated Press)

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) drives to the basket

Ricky Rubio’s return has been a bright spot in a frustrating season for the T-Wolves.

Ricky Rubio’s first year and a half in the NBA has had it’s flashes, but he’s also had to deal with a serious knee injury. The good news is Rubio is completely healed from the injury and back to playing his flashy brand of basketball.

Rubio’s first career triple-double was filled with flash and dash. Alley-oops and double behind-the-back dribbles were present in the Minnesota T-Wolves 107-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Bobcats 100 – Celtics 84 - The Bobcats took advantage of Paul Pierce being given the night off by Doc Rivers. The Bobcats snapped a 10-game losing streak. Gerald Henderson scored a game-high 35 points. Charlotte won the battle on the glass 48-29. Jeff Green led Boston with 14 points.

Lakers 106 – Magic 97 - Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points and tied his own NBA record with 39 free throw attempts in his first game as a visitor to Orlando. Howard also grabbed 16 rebounds. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points. Tobias Harris grabbed 15 boards.

Cavaliers 95 – Wizards 90 - John Wall led a Wizards comeback finishing with 27 points and 14 assists. Washington scored 32 total points in the second and third quarters. Dion Waiters led the Cavs with 20 points.

Nets 108 – Hornets 98 - The Nets bounced back from a tough loss to Philly to win against the tough Hornets. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points and Deron Williams finished with 13 assists. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 24 points.

Heat 98 – Hawks 81 - The Heat moved on to their 19th straight win. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 27 points and LeBron James added 7 assists. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 15 points and 6 boards.

Mavericks 115 – Bucks 108 - Vince Carter’s 23 points included 3 momentum-breaking three-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki grabbed 11 rebounds. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 32 points and 9 assists.

T-Wolves 107 – Spurs 83 - Ricky Rubio finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The Spurs were held to 10 points in the second quarter. Tiago Splitter led San Antonio with 11 boards.

Grizzlies 102 – Trail Blazers 97 - The Blazers scored more points in the 4th quarter than they had in the previous two, but it wasn’t enough. Mark Gasol led Memphis with 20 points and Zach Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 28 points.

The Lineup:

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Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay (ESPN).

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Joe Budden and Consequence in a scrap (IFWT).

MTV’s hottest MCs list with honorable mentions (IFWT).

Derrick Rose denies rift with Bulls (Mike and McGoutry).

Wes Welker and the Patriots are far apart (Pro Football Talk).

Strengthen your core with this (Men’s Health).

 

The “L” stands for Legend.

 

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