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NBA Standings 2012: Lin Has Last Say Against Rubio, Leaving Timberwolves Last In Division

Ricky Rubio acquitted himself quite well against the New York Knicks rock star point guard, Jeremy Lin right up until the win was in the balance in the final minute of the game.

Two late turnovers by Rubio trumped what was a solid defensive effort in the second half which force Lin into an inefficient 20-point game that required 24 shots. Rubio himself hasn't been the model of shooting efficiency of late, making just 20 of his last 60 shots over the last seven games.

The Timberwolves are 3-4 in those last seven games which includes losing the last three in a row which leaves Minnesota at 13-15 on the season and in last place in the Northwest Division. Last place in the division isn't as bad as it sounds since the Wolves are still only two game below .500 and only two games behind Portland for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

The race for that eighth and final playoff race will be worth watching all season, with the Los Angeles Lakers (currently 7th in the West), Portland, Utah, Memphis, Minnesota and Phoenix all within three games or less of each other.

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