Spanish guard Ricky Rubio scored an NBA career-high 33 points and added 10 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 32 points as host Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-104.
“I’m filled with a lot of confidence,” Rubio said. “I think the experience is paying off and the work that I put into it, too. Starting the season I wasn’t feeling that good and now I feel the best I’ve ever felt.”
Andrew Wiggins added 27 points for the Timberwolves while Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
Minnesota (30-44) is all-but out of playoff contention while the Lakers (21-54) took their 17th loss in 19 games.
“I wish we could fight for the playoff. That’s what I came here for,” Rubio said. “I hope we can build from here and finally take off next season.”