Yes, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman confirmed it before Thursday night’s game at Houston: That indeed was a floater point guard Ricky Rubio lofted over a Dallas defender during a Wednesday performance when he delivered his third career triple-double with a 22-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound night.

So did Rubio himself.

“Yeah, it was,” he said. “It was.”

Rubio has struggled to score around the basket all season, but he attacked aggressively from the beginning of Wednesday’s 123-122 overtime victory over the Mavericks. Included in his repertoire was that a seldom-seen running floater used to counter approaching shot blockers.

“He definitely has to develop that shot,” Adelman said. “He has to learn how to get shots off when he gets into that area because when their big guys are there, he has to get over them. [San Antonio point guard] Tony Parker developed that shot and it makes him so difficult to guard. We’ve worked on that with him, but it’s got to come in the games. It’s got to translate into the games.”

Rubio said he has studied Parker’s shot, and he is working on his own.

“It’s something I want to add to my game,” Rubio said. “But I want to work on a lot of things. It’s something that’s going to help me finish better when there are shot blockers. I want to work on every single aspect of my game, so sometimes it’s hard to do everything at once. I’m just adding piece by piece.

“Tony Parker has one of the best. There are a lot of players who use it, and I want to add it to my game.”

An even swap?

Both the Wolves and the Rockets played without their big men Wednesday: Wolves starting center Nikola Pekovic missed his third consecutive game because of that hurting ankle that has bothered him since January.