Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, April 12, the morning after Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves made a lot of NBA observers speechless beyond uttering simply, “Wait … what?”
Brewer poured in a career-high 51 points as the Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets Friday night, becoming the second unlikely member of the 50-point club this season.
Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors knocked down 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 25 and tied an NBA record for lowest career-high at the time of a 50-point game. Ross’ previous career best was 26 points, matching Tony Delk of the 2000-01 Phoenix Suns.
Brewer came close to that, coming into Friday with a career high of 29 points. And by adding six steals to his stat line, Brewer joined Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry to score at least 50 points and have at least six steals in a game.
There have only been six 50-point games this season—Carmelo Anthony (62 against Charlotte on Jan. 24), LeBron James (61 against Charlotte on March 3), Kevin Durant (54 against Golden State on Jan. 17 and 51 at Toronto on March 21), Brewer and Ross.
The Daily NBA Fix will deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).