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                        === T'Wolves knock off Spurs ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ricky Rubio netted 23 points with seven
 assists  to help  the Minnesota  Timberwolves  to a  110-91 win  over the  San
 Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
 
 Kevin Love finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Corey Brewer had 14 points
 and  Gorgui  Dieng posted 12 points  with 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which has
 won three of its last four.
 
 "(Ricky)  was under control and was able to get his feet under him and shot it
 well," said Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman. "He did a nice job of running the
 team and adjusting to how they were defending him."
 
 San Antonio, which was without Tony Parker because of a back injury, was paced
 by  Boris Diaw and Cory Joseph, who scored 13 points apiece. Kawhi Leonard and
 Tim  Duncan  scored 11 and  10 points, respectively,  for the Spurs, who could
 have  clinched  home-court  advantage  throughout  the  playoffs  with  a  win
 and  an Oklahoma City loss on Tuesday.
 
 "It's  never  a good thing  to lose a  game but sometimes  you have to win and
 sometimes  you have to lose," said Diaw. "We wish we played better. We wish we
 played our game better."
 
 The  game was rescheduled  from early December when the two teams were to meet
 in  Mexico City, but  players and fans in Mexico City arena were evacuated due
 to smoke from a generator malfunction and the game was postponed.
 
 Diaw  made a  basket to cut the  early deficit to 11-10 just before the midway
 point  of the first quarter. Minnesota then used an 8-0 run the led to a 27-19
 lead after one quarter.
 
 The  Timberwolves led  by 10 when J.J. Barea converted a three-point play with
 just  under  five minutes left in  the second that jumpstarted a 15-3 quarter-
 ending run to give the hosts a 54-34 lead at the break.
 
 Dieng's  dunk and subsequent free throw helped the Timberwolves to a game-high
 28-point lead, 65-37, with just over eight minutes left in the third.
 
 San  Antonio  cut the deficit to  14 in the fourth  but that is as close as it
 would get.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Minnesota  owned  a 52-37  edge on  the boards ...  San Antonio shot 42-for-81
 (44.4  percent) ...  The Timberwolves  made 42-of-91  (46.2 percent)  of their
 shots.
 
 
 04/09 00:48:17 ET