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Wizards top Timberwolves 114-101 in 1st Wall start

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
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The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are starting to look like the early-season Wizards, with too many injuries, ugly losses and even a star player recovering from a knee injury. Minnesota has lost six straight on the road and eight of nine overall.

Ricky Rubio had four points on 1-for-8 shooting, six assists, five rebounds and five turnovers, another trying day in a difficult week that included an apology to acting coach Terry Porter for getting upset over playing time in the team's loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

With head coach Rick Adelman away tending to his sick wife, Porter and Rubio met Thursday to clear the air.

"I don't think it ever was really an issue," Porter said. "He was frustrated like any player would be who wants to be playing the fourth quarter."

Rubio had been on a strict limit of 28 minutes per game since returning last month from reconstructive left knee surgery, but he played 31 minutes Friday night because the game went for a while without a whistle in the fourth quarter.

"I'm still missing the power of my legs," Rubio said. "But I feel good, but it's hard to find my rhythm during the season."

Derrick Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points for the Timberwolves, who are missing Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Malcolm Lee, Chase Budinger, Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shved.

The Wizards know the feeling.

"We need to build up like a good team," Washington forward Nene said. "And to be good we need to lose, we need to learn."

"So we did it," he added with a laugh.

Notes: Washington's 60 first-half points tied a season-high. ... The Wizards used their 15th starting lineup of the season. ... Wolves C Greg Stiemsma committed two fouls in 9 seconds in the first quarter, and then picked up another quick one in the second quarter. He played only 18 minutes — but he finished with a career-high six assists.

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