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Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer scores 51 vs Rockets

Baller Mind Frame’s No Layups brings you the hottest NBA stories on the web mixed with personal opinion from our very own Aaron Lanton


Truth be told, no one believed Corey Brewer could do it. Not his teammate Ricky Rubio. Not his coach Rick Adelman. And certainly not his opponent, the Houston Rockets.

Deep down inside, Brewer didn’t even believe it himself.

“I’m not even going to lie,” Brewer said with a starry look in his eyes. “Fifty?!?”

Actually, he did it one better.

Brewer scored a career-high 51 points and Gorgui Dieng hit a short jumper with 4.6 seconds to play to give the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves a 112-110 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.

Brewer made 19 of 30 shots in 45 minutes, easily surpassing his previous career high of 29 points. He became the fifth player this season to score 50 points, and the Wolves had a staggering 39 points in transition against Houston’s woeful defense. ESPN

The Houston Rockets are incapable of winning a championship this year. Period. The Rockets’ performance is indefensible JUST LIKE COREY FREAKING BREWER LAST NIGHT.

This is a basketball travesty. Not because Corey Brewer scored 51 points, but the way they happened is ludicrous. It’s almost nothing but unchallenged layups from turnovers because the guards can’t handle basic defensive pressure. Conventional wisdom suggests a team should defend a player on a hot streak. At least have someone shadow the dude or something. 

I can’t. I just can’t write about this anymore. Just no basketball fundamentals. 

On the other hand, it’s a reminder of why you have to be careful with touting how impressive individual high-scoring games are with a closer look against a vile, offensive, putrid, porous, disgusting defense akin to the 2014 Houston Rockets. – AL

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