MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ricky Rubio has made his mark in the NBA with his behind-the-back passes and quick hands on defense.
The Phoenix Suns saw both of those traits Saturday night, to no one's surprise. What they didn't expect was for Rubio to become the Minnesota Timberwolves' primary scoring threat.
Rubio had a career-high 24 points to go with 10 assists and five steals, and J.J. Barea scored 16 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 105-93 victory over the Suns.
After going through a horrible 6-for-41 stretch over four games recently, Rubio was undaunted. With leading scorers Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love out with injuries, Rubio attempted a career-high 18 field goals. He hit six of his first nine shots and finished 8 for 18.
"It's a lot," Rubio said. "Without Pek, without Kevin, there are shots to take and I'm going to take them."
Derrick Williams added 15 points and six boards for the Wolves, who gave coach Rick Adelman victory No. 1,001...