A night after Toronto whipped them by 21 points, the Dallas Mavericks fell,114-106, to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday in the season debut of Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio.
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.