Despite Derek Fisher and O.J. Mayo scoring 20 each, the Mavs couldn't stop the Timberwolves on offense. The spark of Rubio's nine assists -- including one between-the-legs pass -- and eight points put Minnesota over the top and dropped Dallas to 11-13 on the season.
Also on Saturday night, a battle between two of the NBA's most surprising teams ended with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Atlanta Hawks 115-93. The Warriors improved to 16-8 overall and 10-5 on the road with the win in Atlanta.
The New York Knicks won by a point to survive Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving's 41 points, the San Antonio Spurs easily handled the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 83-82 on Saturday as well.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers got their second win in a row with a 111-98 victory in Philadelphia against the 76ers, and rookie of the year candidate Damian Lillard hit a three-pointer to push the Portland Trail Blazers past the New Orleans Hornets.