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The Sports Xchange, Published April 11 2014

Brewer ties franchise record with 51 points in Timberwolves win

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman looked at a lineup missing his three leading scorers before Friday night’s game against the Houston Rockets and wondered where the points would come from if his team wanted a fighting chance.

He never imagined starting forward Corey Brewer would be responsible for 51 of them in a 112-110 victory over the Rockets at the Target Center.

Brewer tied teammate Kevin Love’s franchise scoring record for points in a game on a night when Love and fellow starters Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin sat in suits on the bench and watched.

Love needed two overtimes in Oklahoma City to score 51 points during a March 2012 game. Brewer became the first player in team history to score that many in a regulation game, delivering 16 points in the first quarter and banking in a midcourt 3-pointer at halftime.

And he just kept right on going.

“I don’t think they knew what to do with him,” Adelman said afterward, “and we didn’t know what to do with him.”

Brewer scored many of his points running out on the fast break off Rockets’ missed shots. The Timberwolves outscored the Rockets 39-17 in fast-break points and were 15-for-15 from the field on them.

Brewer took 30 shots from the field and made 19 of them. He also had six steals and then turned playmaker, getting his only assist of the night on the first of two baskets by rookie center Gorgui Dieng in the final 38 seconds that ultimately won the game.

Dieng’s jumper from a Brewer pass gave the Timberwolves a 107-103 lead with 37.9 seconds left.

When Rockets guard James Harden’s 3-pointer tied the score at 110 with 17.3 seconds left, the Timberwolves answered by pushing the ball down the court without taking a timeout and Dieng scored the winner on a soft, short shot from the lane with 4.6 seconds left.

Houston 32 31 21 26 — 110

Minnesota 39 20 23 30 — 112

HOUSTON (110)

Harden 7-14 15-19 33, Parsons 11-19 1-2 27, T.Jones 5-11 0-0 10, Lin 3-10 5-6 14, Asik 3-7 3-4 9, Garcia 2-8 0-0 4, Casspi 3-7 3-3 9, Motiejunas 2-5 0-2 4, Canaan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-83 27-36 110.

MINNESOTA (112)

C.Brewer 19-30 11-15 51, D.Cunningham 7-15 6-10 20, Rubio 5-16 6-11 16, Dieng 6-13 0-0 12, Hummel 2-8 0-0 5, Mbah a Moute 1-8 2-2 4, Barea 1-3 2-2 4, Turiaf 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-94 27-40 112.

3-Point Goals: Houston 11-25 (Harden 4-5, Parsons 4-8, Lin 3-6, Canaan 0-2, Casspi 0-2, Garcia 0-2), Minnesota 3-12 (C.Brewer 2-6, Hummel 1-3, Barea 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Rubio 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Houston 61 (Asik 15), Minnesota 61 (Dieng 20). Assists: Houston 22 (Harden 10), Minnesota 22 (Rubio 10). Total Fouls: Houston 32 (Asik, Harden, Lin, Motiejunas 5), Minnesota 25 (Rubio 5). A—16,689.