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Jim Mone, Associated Press
San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, left, passes around Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, of Spain, right, and Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 10 assists to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 87-79 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 14 points and 10 boards for the Wolves, who have beaten the Spurs two straight times in the same season for the first time since 2000.

Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tiago Splitter continued his strong play off the bench for the Spurs, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Derrick Williams scored 12 points for the Wolves, who held the third-leading scoring team in the league 20.5 points under its average.