For nine months fans had been waiting for this:
Ricky Rubio, the no-look, between-the-legs pass to Greg Stiemsma. Rubio, the steal and feed for a trey by J.J. Barea. Rubio, his hand firmly fixed to the Timberwolves' on switch, the Target Center wired. Rubio, the game on the line, the ball in his hands.
Nine months after tearing two ligaments in his left knee, after surgery to repair them, after countless rehab sessions, Rubio returned. It could have been astounding, had Rubio's three-pointer fallen with the game tied and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter.
Instead, all 18,173 fans will take the wonderful: A 114-106 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks, earned with Kevin Love out because of flu-like symptoms.