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Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer scores 51 points (VIDEO)

Apr 12, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT

Corey Brewer averages 12.2 points in 32.2 minutes per game for the Timberwolves this season, and had never scored 30 points in a single game at any time during his seven-year NBA career.

That made his accomplishment on Friday all the more special.

Brewer poured in 51 points on 19-of-30 shooting, to go along with six steals in Minnesota’s 112-110 victory over the Rockets. He became the fifth different player to score at least that many this season, joining Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Terrence Ross, and Kevin Durant (who accomplished it twice).

There are additional oddities to Brewer’s performance.

From Ryan Feldman of ESPN Stats & Information:

What do Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Rick Barry and Corey Brewer have in common?

They’re the only players in NBA history with at least 50 points and six steals in a game (steals became official in 1973-74). …

The lowest previous career high for a player to score 50 points in a game was 26 by Terrence Ross(earlier this season for the Toronto Raptors) andTony Delk (in 2000-01 for the Phoenix Suns). …

The only other players to score 50 before ever scoring 30 among players with at least two full seasons of NBA experience were Delk (fifth season in 2000-01) and Willie Burton (1994-95 season with the Philadelphia 76ers was his fifth season).

Brewer also became the first player in NBA history to score at least 50 after never cracking 30 points in a career lasting almost seven full seasons.

  1. money2long - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    What’s Corey brewing in his Gatorade ?
    Let me have some

    • chicagosports2014 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      The Joakim Noah comment went to his head, lolz get him brew

  2. cruzan80 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Corey need come on home & shave that head man…..all kidding aside…..good for him. 50 points is 50 points. I don’t care who did it or who they did it against….it’s always impressive in my book.

  3. alshonsmeathooks - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    does anyone in the west play any D?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      In terms of defensive efficiency, Rockets are 12th (though this game, Dwight Howrad was out), Grizzlies are 8th, Clippers are 7th, Thunder are 5th, Spurs are 4th, and Warriors are 3rd.

      The Pacers and the Bulls are by far the best defensive teams in the NBA, and they both play in the East, but after them, the only other top-10 defenses in the East are the Bobcats, Raptors, and Wizards.

      Heat are 11th.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Brewer was playing D, he got 6 steals

  4. ranfan12 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    looks like the rockets drop a couple ranks defensively without d12 lol

  5. slate91 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Reblogged this on The Daily Slate.

  6. jolink653 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Corey Brewer. The guy that the Knicks stapled to the bench and refused to let him play before cutting him. Can’t make this stuff up

    • cruzan80 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Word! I was thinking the same exact thing….smh.

  7. moseskkim - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Look at that genuine smile wow how can u not be a fan of his

  8. bballhistorian - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I waited for this post…just to say WTF?

  9. tigerpork - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    THE HELL??!!!

    This is a late April fools?

  10. gogatorsjohn - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Met Corey Brewer once, really nice, genuine guy. Couldn’t be happier for his performance and his NBA career so far.

  11. retxedfred - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    All smiles throughout the post-game interview. That feeling must be priceless!

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Corey Brewer earned those points by driving hard, leading every fast break and playing some tricky D. On the other side I can’t say I’m surprised Jeremy Lin & James Harden gave up a 50 point game. Rockets need Patrick Beverly back.. soon.

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