Rubio scores career-high 33 in Wolves’ 119-104 win over Lakers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 30: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 30, 2017 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AFP

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.”

Agence France-Presse