Updated: March 10, 2012, 3:53 PM ET
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Kobe Bryant scores 34 as the Lakers hold off the Wolves without Kevin Love 105-102.
Ricky Rubio alley-oop to Derrick Williams for the ferocious throwdown.
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Rubio, who had 15 points, 10 assists and four rebounds in Friday’s 105-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, had to be helped off the floor in the final 16 seconds after his left knee buckled as he tried to help out on defense against Kobe Bryant.
Rubio had an MRI on Saturday that revealed the torn ligament, sucking the wind out of a team that had been brimming with confidence thanks in part to his flashy passing that energized a club that lost 132 games over the previous two seasons.
In his first season after coming from Spain, the 21-year-old was averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists, but his impact has been so much greater than his numbers.
The floppy-haired, irrepressible young point guard changed the dynamic of a rebuilding team almost from the moment he set foot in Minnesota. His unselfish play galvanized his teammates, and his fun-loving nature has been an immediate draw at the box office, where the Timberwolves have already sold out seven games this season, their most since 2006-07.
Information from TrueHoop’s Zach Harper and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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