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Associated Press, Published March 12 2013

Rubio's triple-double helps Wolves top Spurs

MINNEAPOLIS – Ricky Rubio had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

Rubio made 9 of 17 shots and grabbed his 10th board with 9:14 to play in the game, giving his home fans something to cheer about in a long, frustrating season. Alexey Shved broke out of a big slump to score 16 points and J.J. Barea added 17 points for the Wolves, who hit 12 3-pointers.

San Antonio 28 10 22 23 – 83

Minnesota 24 29 24 30 – 107

SAN ANTONIO (83): Jackson 5-10 1-2 14, Bonner 1-4 0-0 2, Splitter 1-10 2-2 4, Joseph 5-9 4-4 15, Green 4-10 0-0 10, Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Ginobili 2-10 3-4 7, Diaw 3-11 0-0 6, Blair 2-2 0-0 4, De Colo 4-6 4-4 13, Mills 2-7 2-2 8, Baynes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-82 16-18 83.

MINNESOTA (107): Gelabale 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 5-10 3-7 13, Stiemsma 3-5 0-0 6, Rubio 9-17 2-3 21, Ridnour 6-9 0-0 14, Barea 6-14 0-0 17, Cunningham 4-11 1-2 9, Shved 6-8 1-2 16, Johnson 3-3 0-4 6. Totals 44-82 7-18 107.

3-Point Goals: San Antonio 9-29 (Jackson 3-5, Mills 2-5, Green 2-6, Joseph 1-1, De Colo 1-2, Bonner 0-1, Neal 0-1, Ginobili 0-4, Diaw 0-4), Minnesota 12-20 (Barea 5-7, Shved 3-4, Ridnour 2-2, Gelabale 1-1, Rubio 1-5, Williams 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 48 (Splitter 11), Minnesota 56 (Rubio 13). Assists: San Antonio 19 (Mills 6), Minnesota 30 (Rubio 12). Total Fouls: San Antonio 21, Minnesota 21. A: 14,219 (19,356).