Brewer Helps Timberwolves Top Hornets in OT
Minnesota 85, New Orleans 83
Las Vegas, July 9 -- Lottery picks Julian Wright of the New Orleans Hornets and Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves made the two biggest shots of the game during the Wolves' 85-83 overtime win.
Wright hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 3.8 seconds left to send it to overtime, but it was Brewer’s lay-up through traffic with 12.3 seconds in the extra period left that proved to be the game-winner.
“I saw an opening and I felt like I could take the guy on top,” Brewer said of his game-winning drive. “When I got past him I just hopped in the lane for an easy lay-up.”
“I figured even if I missed it, we would have a chance at a rebound,” Wright said of his shot. “I just aimed for the middle, I shot it a little hard, but it went in.”
Minnesota's Rashad McCants missed two free throws with 3.2 seconds left, but the Hornets did not have a timeout and Wright could not muster an attempt from beyond half court.
Craig Smith led the Wolves with a game-high 25 points (7-10 FG, 11-12 FT) and seven rebounds. Smith’s physical play took a toll on the Hornets as he was able to convert down low and get to the free throw line. Brewer finished with 16 points (5-13 FG) and eight rebounds in his first NBA action.
“I like crunch time, I feel like you have to make big plays to be a big play guy,” Brewer remarked.
Wright finished with a double-double of 13 points (6-13 FG) and a game-high 11 rebounds.
“I wasn’t really trying to look for my shot, but coaches said take it and don’t worry about the missed shots,” Wright said of his play. “I just tried to chip away at the lead and play team ball to get back into it.”
After scoring the first seven points of the game for the Hornets, second year forward Marcus Vinicius scored just two points the rest of the way, looking tentative when he had the open look. He finished with nine points (2-8 FG) and four rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
Minnesota's starting backcourt of Randy Foye and McCants combined to shoot just 19 percent (4-21 FG) from the field for a total of 11 points.
NOTES: The game marked the first summer league game in the Thomas and Mack Center in the four-year history of the league. Hornets' 2006 first round picks, Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons, sat out due to sprained ankles.