When you win, it's OK to have trivial disputes over who should get credit for a steal. Especially when you've waited as long as the Timberwolves.
After Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak Wednesday, March 6, with a hard-earned 87-82 victory over the Washington Wizards at Target Center, guards Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea each made their case for delivering the decisive play.
In fairness, both players deserve credit for getting the ball away from Wizards guard John Wall with 31.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Wolves clinging to an 83-82 lead.
But the steal was officially credited to Rubio, who slapped the ball away from Wall near mid-court. Barea scooped up the loose ball and drove in for a layup.
"That was me," Barea said with a smile. "I don't get steals too often. Ricky gets a lot. When I get one, you've got to give it to me."
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