It seems that just about every time the Timberwolves play point guard Ricky Rubio does something worth noting.

Rubio entered Saturday's game against Houston having amassed 28 assists and just two turnovers in the second half of his past five games. Against Houston, Rubio scored eight of his 13 points and got five of his 11 assists in the second half. He did commit two turnovers. Still, in his past six second halves Rubio has 33 assists and four turnovers.

Clearly, he already is a clutch performer. Late in Friday's victory at New Jersey, Rubio made play after play and then grabbed a deflected ball -- this after he'd been screened out of a play the Nets ran to get a final shot that could have tied the score.

On Friday, Rubio re-entered the game with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter and the Wolves up by eight. After the Rockets turned J.J. Barea's turnover into Kyle Lowry's driving layup, Rubio hit Kevin Love for a three-pointer and, on the next possession, drove the lane to score and push the Wolves' lead to nine.