NBA Scores: Timberwolves win Ricky Rubio's return, Knicks edge Cavaliers

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Rubio made dreams come true in his return to action for the Timberwolves, and the Knicks stayed perfect at home.

Timberwolves 114, Mavericks 106 (OT)
Ricky Rubio was allowed just 18 minutes in his return to action. He contributed eight points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in those 18 minutes. He's back. Ricky Rubio is back. Derrick Williams actually saved the game for the Kevin Love-less Wolves; the 2011 No. 2 pick had 16 points on 5-9 shooting, Obviously, Minnesota dominated overtime. Derek Fisher had his first 20-point game since mammoths stalked the Earth.

Knicks 103, Cavaliers 102
Wearing a mask to protect a busted jaw, Kyrie Irving darn near singlehandedly beat the Knicks, dropping 41 points on 15-25 shooting. The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony, and survived thanks to a missed Anderson Varejao free throw in the closing seconds. Also, Jason Kidd took 13 three-pointers and one two-pointer! He hit three and zero, respectively. The Knicks are 10-0 at Madison Square Garden this season.

Spurs 103, Celtics 88
The Spurs lost Manu Ginobili early to a thigh contusion, but Tony Parker took over in the fourth quarter to cinch up a San Antonio win. He finished with 22 points, eight assists and one turnover. The Celtics were +0 in Kevin Garnett's 30 minutes and -15 in the other 18.

Bulls 83, Nets 82
The Nets' offense needs to be better. It's hard to score on Chicago, yes, but a team as stacked with offensive weapons as Brooklyn shouldn't be shooting 38 percent on any night. Not a single net shot 50 percent or better, and 18 turnovers as a team is too many. Deron Williams hit some threes and drew some fouls for a respectable line (24 points, five assists), but it just wasn't there beyond him. Of course, the Bulls struggle to score without Derrick Rose -- they got by Marco Belinelli's 19 points on 6-9 shooting, which included a game-winning lay-up.

Warriors 115, Hawks 93
An abysmal offensive game by Josh Smith (1-12 shooting) prevented Atlanta from keeping up with a Warriors team that can score in a multitude of ways. David Lee had another 20-point night, and Carl Landry sprung for an efficient 19 off the bench.

Grizzlies 99, Jazz 86
Utah had a disastrous second half on offense, scoring just 32 points after racking up 54 in the first two periods. It wasn't the typical Memphis story of lots of turnovers: Utah just couldn't hit shots, going 3-20 in the third. Memphis won that quarter 28-10.

Clippers 111, Bucks 85
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan obliterated Milwaukee's front line, and Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings were pretty inefficient (a combined 22 points on 27 field goal attempts).

Heat 102, Wizards 72
Uh huh.

Magic 107, Bobcats 98
Charlotte has lost 11 straight games, but did rally in an attempt to win this one. The Magic squelched that, though. Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo each had 20.

Pacers 88, Pistons 77
Indiana has quietly won three straight and sits two games over .500. Paul George Watch: 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, thousands of fans.

Check out all of our team blog recaps at SBNation.com/NBA-Scores.

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