The second-year player from Spain averaged 8.4 points and seven assists on 34 percent shooting in his first 30 games this season. But in 15 March games before Friday's, Rubio was averaging 13.3 points. 7.8 assists and 2.6 steals while shooting 41.1 percent.
“You can just tell his confidence level is high,” Brooks said. “He just has an uncanny way of getting around players, scoring around the basket and making easier shots for his team. He's going to be a very, very good point guard for a lot of years. He just has that contagious, winning attitude that guys seem to be attracted to.”
Rubio finished with 17 points, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes against the Thunder.
Derek Fisher snapped a streak of missed shots Friday night when he made a 3-pointer with 10:39 remaining in the second quarter. It was his second shot of the game. His first attempt, a miss, put his streak of misses at 10 straight. … Ibaka was called for a technical foul with 8.1 seconds remaining in the second quarter. … Kendrick Perkins fouled out of the game with 4:25 remaining. It was only the second time this season that he's fouled out of a game. The other game was Jan. 20 at Denver.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY