Ricky Rubio Does Everything in Timberwolves Comeback Victory over Pistons

Nick HansenCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2012

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Ricky Rubio did a little bit of everything in the Minnesota Timberwolves comeback win over the Detroit Pistons tonight at Target Center. He ended with nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.

Kevin Love was his usual solid self scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.   

The big story of the game though was the Timberwolves' mettle in the second half. They outscored the Pistons 29-14 in the fourth quarter. 

The team started slow with not too many shots falling. But they played well in the second half, driving the ball a lot more and playing in the paint. They also won the turnover battle 15-18. 

Here are the game notes:

-Nikola Pekovic was a big surprise tonight. He obviously benefited with Rubio on the floor. Darko Milicic only played eight minutes the entire game. I am wondering if there is going to be a shakeup once Brad Miller makes his debut. 

-Wayne Ellington has been playing out of his mind lately. His dunk in the fourth quarter was a huge momentum changer. 

-Even though Luke Ridnour was a bit off, the great guard play from Wayne Ellington and Ricky Rubio mitigated his below average game. 

-A lot of guys can shoot a three on this team, but Wes Johnson should continue to drive the ball. It seemed to improve his confidence.

-Rubio was everywhere during the game. He took charges, made shots when they needed them, made fantastic passes and had a few good drives. It is fun to watch and refreshing to see the team finally has a player that can do a little bit of everything.  

Timberwolves vs. LA Clippers - Friday 10:30 EST