Ricky Rubio Video: Watch Minnesota Timberwolves Star's Sweet Alley-Oop Assist

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Ricky Rubio Video: Watch Minnesota Timberwolves Star's Sweet Alley-Oop Assist

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have a gem in point guard Ricky Rubio as the Spaniard continued to impress the NBA against the Chicago Bulls.

    Despite losing 111-100, Rubio helped his Timberwolves come back from a 48-24 deficit in the second quarter and was instrumental in a 20-2 Timberwolves run to close the gap to 53-47 at the half.

    Rubio either scored or had an assist on all but two of those points, including this one-handed alley-oop to Anthony Randolph in transition.

    The Bulls' Derrick Rose had his hands full guarding Rubio at times, as the rookie sensation used his speed, dribble and court vision to create space for himself and his teammates.

    In the third quarter, Rose did block Rubio twice, but the Timberwolves' floor general rebounded with two driving layups and a key assist to teammate Luke Ridnour to tie the game at 70.

    Rose took over in the fourth and Rubio slowed down with a couple turnovers, but Minnesota's fans were really happy with their young star's performance.

    Rubio ended the night with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He dished out a game-high 12 assists and had four steals.

    The Timberwolves are definitely a franchise on the rise with a strong core of Rubio, Love and rookie Derrick Williams. Having Rubio at the point leading the attack will make the Timberwolves dangerous for years to come.

Alley-Oop Coolness

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    Watch Ricky Rubio's sweet alley-oop to Anthony Randolph.

    Bob Bajek is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Bulls. He is also a freelance reporter, and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.