MINNEAPOLIS — For a guy who spent the week engulfed in trade rumors, Ricky Rubio looked right at home in Minnesota.No time to worry about speculation. The Timberwolves need him and the rest of their young core if they’re going to make a playoff push.Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 on Friday night.Rubio added 13 points and 14 assists a day after the Timberwolves declined an opportunity to trade him to the New York Knicks for Derrick Rose. The Wolves shot 52.6 percent to pull within 2 1/2 games of Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.When asked how he was able to refocus after all that had happened on Thursday with the trade talks, Rubio deadpanned, “What happened? Nothing happened, right?” Towns had seven turnovers, but scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter to turn back the Mavericks.Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and six rebounds for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki was just 4 for 14, and Wes Matthews was 2 for 9 as the Mavs dropped three games back of the… Read full this story
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