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Corey Brewer Did Something Pretty Cool On This Day Two Years Ago

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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No Kevin Love. No Nikola Pekovic. No Kevin Martin.

No problem, we got Corey Brewer.

Okay, so that probably wasn’t said before the April 11, 2014 game against the Houston Rockets at the Target Center. In fact, someone probably said 'uh-oh' instead.

Brewer wasn’t (and isn't) known as a scorer. He was (and is) known as the guy going 150 miles-per-hour, creating havoc and turnovers while leaking out for fast breaks. And of course his smile.

On that night at the Target Center, his smile was flowing throughout the entire game as he poured in 51 points.

“I think Pek and the two Kevins have been holding him back,” Wolves head coach Rick Adelman joked after the game.

It’s worth noting that Brewer has never averaged more than 13 points per game throughout his career.

On paper, it was a meaningless game for the Wolves. The team was 39-39 going into the game, but was well out of the playoff picture. But for the fans that night in the Target Center, it’s a night they’ll never forget.

“The energy was great tonight, you know, the fans were behind me,” Brewer said. “I could hear them saying get 50, get 50. When you get 50, you know, it’s kind of been a disappointing year for us. To give the fans something to cheer about means a lot.”

Brewer shot 19-for-30 from the field on the night, 2-for-6 from the 3-point line and 11-for-15 from the free-throw line. The former Gator isn’t known as a great jump shooter, and he wasn’t on this night, either. Sixteen of his made buckets came within three feet of the basket, which is pretty remarkable. His 19 made field goals matched the most in franchise history (tied with Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak. Mo Williams has since joined this list).

He also added six steals, becoming the fourth player in league history to score 50 or more points while snagging six or more steals. The other three? Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan and Ricky Barry.

Not bad company.

“Everybody’s so happy (for him), you know?” Wolves guard Ricky Rubio said. “Running up and down, seems like he had energy forever and he never stops. It’s just, I don’t know how he was doing it, but (he was) getting to the rim every time and it was fun.”

It’s fitting that Brewer will be back in the house tonight as a member of the Rockets. The Wolves traded Brewer to Houston on Dec. 19, 2014. In his time with Houston, his highest point total is 26 points. In 136 games with the Rockets, Brewer is averaging 9.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Brewer and the Rockets are in the middle of a playoff battle right now. With just two games remaining, the Rockets are one game behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth seed.

There will be plenty of smiles tonight when the fan favorite enters the game. And for those who were in attendance two years ago, they’ll remember just how magical that night was for Brewer and the Wolves. 

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