The Minnesota Timberwolves won their season opener, beating the Sacramento Kings 92-80 Friday night.
Reserve guard led the way, scoring 21 points in 28 minutes of action.
"I felt great in practice, great in warm-ups," Barea said. "I'm feeling good, so I was excited to get out there."
New acquisition Brandon Roy added 10 point, but perhaps more notable was that he did so while remaining on the court for 30 minutes. Roy had not played a game since early 2011 because of degenerated cartilage in both of his knees.
Coach Rick Adelman was happy with the win but stressed that the team still needs to play better.
"We were good defensively pretty much the whole night," Adelman said. "Offensively, we have a long way to go."
Timberwolves fans will be happy with any kind of win while star players Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love remain sidelined with injuries.